Contrasting CAI International (CAI) and Its Rivals

CAI International (NYSE: CAI) is one of 16 public companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare CAI International to related companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAI International 20.68% 11.21% 2.51%
CAI International Competitors 4.02% 2.98% -0.92%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CAI International and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAI International 0 1 4 0 2.80
CAI International Competitors 80 394 630 50 2.56

CAI International presently has a consensus target price of $35.25, indicating a potential upside of 72.96%. As a group, “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 15.15%. Given CAI International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe CAI International is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.5% of CAI International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of CAI International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

CAI International has a beta of 2.22, suggesting that its share price is 122% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CAI International’s competitors have a beta of 1.86, suggesting that their average share price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CAI International and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CAI International $348.39 million $72.06 million 7.10
CAI International Competitors $1.49 billion $248.19 million -0.02

CAI International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than CAI International. CAI International 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.


CAI International beats its competitors on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About CAI International

CAI International, Inc. operates as transportation finance and logistics company in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Container Leasing, Rail Leasing, and Logistics. It leases, re-leases, and disposes equipment; and contracts for the repair, repositioning, and storage of equipment. The company leases its container equipment to lessees under long-term, short-term, and finance leases. It also sells containers; and provides container management services to third-party investors, as well as sells used containers. In addition, the company leases railcars consisting of box cars for paper and forest products; covered hoppers for grain, cement, sand, plastic pallets, and other industrial products; general purpose tank cars that are used to transport food-grade, and other liquid and gaseous commodities; gondolas for coal and steel; and general service flat cars. Further, it offers domestic and international logistics services, including intermodal, truck brokerage, port drayage, warehousing, international ocean freight, and freight forwarding, as well as the arrangement and coordination of international air freight services and customs brokerage; international export and import services for full container loads, less than container loads, perishable cargo, project cargo, and airfreight; and transportation management services and technology solutions, including shipment optimization, load consolidation, mode selection, carrier management, load planning and execution, and Web-based shipment visibility. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a container fleet comprised 1,282,739 cost equivalent units; and an owned fleet of 7,172 railcars in North America. The company was formerly known as Container Applications International, Inc. and changed its name to CAI International, Inc. in February 2007. CAI International, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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