Daseke (DSKE) & Tuniu (TOUR) Critical Analysis

Daseke (NASDAQ: DSKE) and Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

42.2% of Daseke shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.8% of Tuniu shares are held by institutional investors. 37.2% of Daseke shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 76.1% of Tuniu shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Daseke has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tuniu has a beta of 1.59, indicating that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Daseke and Tuniu’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke $846.30 million 0.67 $26.99 million ($0.60) -16.55
Tuniu $336.92 million 3.26 -$118.81 million N/A N/A

Daseke has higher revenue and earnings than Tuniu.

Profitability

This table compares Daseke and Tuniu’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke 3.35% -4.69% -1.17%
Tuniu -25.00% -8.85% -4.47%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Daseke and Tuniu, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 0 5 0 3.00
Tuniu 0 1 0 0 2.00

Daseke currently has a consensus target price of $14.63, suggesting a potential upside of 47.28%. Tuniu has a consensus target price of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.87%. Given Daseke’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Daseke is more favorable than Tuniu.

Summary

Daseke beats Tuniu on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Daseke Company Profile

Daseke, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions with a focus on flatbed and specialized freight in North America. It operates through Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions segments. The company transports heavy haul freight, defense and commercial arms, ammunition and explosives, radioactive cargo and hazardous materials, and commercial sheet glass, as well as offers 10-wheel drive-away services. It also offers industrial warehousing and distribution services, including export packaging and free trade zone access in Savannah, Georgia; and over-dimensional cargo solution. In addition, Daseke, Inc. operates as an open deck carrier for power sports industry. The company serves automotive, port intermodal, power generation, and steel and building materials markets. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 3,218 company-owned tractors, and 11,237 trailers, as well as 2,056 tractors owned and operated by independent contractors. Daseke, Inc. is headquartered in Addison, Texas.

Tuniu Company Profile

Tuniu Corporation operates as an online leisure travel company. The company offers a selection of packaged tours, including organized and self-guided tours; and other travel-related services, such as tourist attraction tickets selling, visa application services, financial services, and hotel booking services, as well as air, train, and bus ticketing and car rental services for leisure travelers. It also provides advertising services to tourism boards and bureaus; and insurance services. The company offers its products and services through various online and offline channels comprising the tuniu.com Website; mobile platform; a primary call center in Nanjing; a regional call center in Suqian; and other offline retail stores in China. As of March 14, 2018, it had approximately 2,000,000 stock keeping units of packaged tours covering approximately 420 cities in China and various destinations worldwide. Tuniu Corporation was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Nanjing, China.

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