BEST (NYSE: BSTI) and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
11.0% of BEST shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.1% of United Parcel Service shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of United Parcel Service shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for BEST and United Parcel Service, as provided by MarketBeat.
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BEST presently has a consensus target price of $14.52, indicating a potential upside of 42.35%. United Parcel Service has a consensus target price of $123.71, indicating a potential upside of 15.09%. Given BEST’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BEST is more favorable than United Parcel Service.
United Parcel Service pays an annual dividend of $3.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. BEST does not pay a dividend. United Parcel Service pays out 60.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. United Parcel Service has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.
This table compares BEST and United Parcel Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings & Valuation
This table compares BEST and United Parcel Service’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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United Parcel Service has higher revenue and earnings than BEST.
United Parcel Service beats BEST on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
BEST Inc. operates as a smart supply chain service provider in the People's Republic of China. Its proprietary technology platform enables its ecosystem participants to operate their businesses through various SaaS-based applications. The company applies its technologies to a range of applications, such as network and route optimization, swap bodies, sorting line automation, smart warehouses, and store management. It offers integrated services and solutions across the supply chain, including warehouse management, order fulfillment, express delivery, freight, and other services for multinational and corporate customers, as well as small and medium enterprises. The company also provides express delivery services; and door-to-door integrated cross-border supply chain services to and from China, including international express, less-than-truckload, fulfillment, reverse logistics, and freight forwarding through its network, and transportation and warehouse partners. In addition, it operates real-time bidding platform to source truckload capacity from independent transportation service providers and agents; and offers online merchandise sourcing and store management services for convenience stores, as well as last-mile B2C services, such as parcel pick-up and drop-off, bill payment, and laundry services. Further, BEST Inc. provides various value-added services, including customized financial services, such as fleet and equipment finance leases; and centralized sourcing of products and services, such as bulk procurement of trucks and accessories. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China.
About United Parcel Service
United Parcel Service, Inc. provides letter and package delivery, specialized transportation, logistics, and financial services. It operates through three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment offers time-definite delivery of letters, documents, small packages, and palletized freight through air and ground services in the United States. The International Package segment provides guaranteed day and time-definite international shipping services in Europe, the Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East, and Africa. This segment offers guaranteed time-definite express options, including Express Plus, Express, and Express Saver. The Supply Chain & Freight segment provides international air and ocean freight forwarding, customs and truckload freight brokerage, distribution and post-sales, and mail and consulting services in approximately 220 countries and territories; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. The company also offers shipping, visibility, and billing technologies; and insurance, financing, and payment services. It operates a fleet of approximately 119,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; and owns 45,000 containers that are used to transport cargo in its aircraft. United Parcel Service, Inc. was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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