Analyzing Matson (MATX) & Its Peers

Matson (NYSE: MATX) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Water transportation” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Matson to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Matson and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matson 0 2 2 0 2.50
Matson Competitors 239 766 1134 37 2.45

Matson presently has a consensus price target of $30.75, suggesting a potential upside of 8.93%. As a group, “Water transportation” companies have a potential upside of 17.45%. Given Matson’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Matson has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.1% of Matson shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matson shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Matson and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matson 11.33% 14.40% 3.63%
Matson Competitors -0.68% 4.01% 1.63%

Risk and Volatility

Matson has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matson’s competitors have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Matson pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Matson pays out 44.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Water transportation” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.1% and pay out 74.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Matson has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Matson and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Matson $2.05 billion $232.00 million 15.86
Matson Competitors $2.48 billion $323.25 million -0.62

Matson’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Matson. Matson is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Matson beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Matson

Matson, Inc. provides ocean transportation and logistics services. The company's Ocean Transportation segment offers ocean freight transportation services to the domestic non-contiguous economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, as well as to other island economies in Micronesia. It primarily transports dry containers of mixed commodities, refrigerated commodities, packaged foods and beverages, building materials, automobiles, and household goods; livestock; seafood; general sustenance cargo; and garments, footwear, and other retail merchandise. This segment also operates an expedited service from China to Long Beach, California, and various islands in the South Pacific, as well as Okinawa, Japan; and provides container stevedoring, refrigerated cargo services, inland transportation, container equipment maintenance, and other terminal services Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai, as well as in the Alaska locations of Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor. In addition, it offers ship management services. The Logistics segment provides multimodal transportation brokerage services, including domestic and international rail intermodal, long-haul and regional highway trucking, specialized hauling, flat-bed and project, less-than-truckload, and expedited freight services; less-than-container load forwarding services; warehousing and distribution services; and supply chain management services. The company was formerly known as Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Matson, Inc. in June 2012. Matson, Inc. was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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