Critical Contrast: Daseke (DSKE) and Tempus Applied Solutions (TMPS)

Daseke (NASDAQ:DSKE) and Tempus Applied Solutions (OTCMKTS:TMPS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Daseke and Tempus Applied Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke $846.30 million 0.41 $26.99 million ($0.60) -8.95
Tempus Applied Solutions $18.77 million 0.12 -$3.12 million N/A N/A

Daseke has higher revenue and earnings than Tempus Applied Solutions.


This table compares Daseke and Tempus Applied Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke 4.32% 1.78% 0.49%
Tempus Applied Solutions N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Daseke and Tempus Applied Solutions, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 1 5 0 2.83
Tempus Applied Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A

Daseke presently has a consensus price target of $14.88, suggesting a potential upside of 177.00%. Given Daseke’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Daseke is more favorable than Tempus Applied Solutions.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.9% of Daseke shares are held by institutional investors. 28.6% of Daseke shares 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

Daseke has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tempus Applied Solutions has a beta of -2.29, meaning that its stock price is 329% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Daseke beats Tempus Applied Solutions on 11 of the 11 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.

Tempus Applied Solutions Company Profile

Tempus Applied Solutions Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides customized design, engineering, modification, integration, training, and operations solutions to support aircraft mission requirements. It serves the United States Department of Defense, the United States intelligence agencies, foreign governments, heads of state, and high net worth individuals worldwide. Tempus Applied Solutions Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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