Financial Survey: US Xpress Enterprises (USX) & The Competition

US Xpress Enterprises (NYSE: USX) is one of 11 publicly-traded companies in the “Trucking” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare US Xpress Enterprises to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

34.3% of US Xpress Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.7% of shares of all “Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 33.0% of shares of all “Trucking” companies are owned 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares US Xpress Enterprises and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
US Xpress Enterprises $1.80 billion $24.90 million 5.36
US Xpress Enterprises Competitors $3.26 billion -$108.75 million 1.87

US Xpress Enterprises’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than US Xpress Enterprises. US Xpress Enterprises 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for US Xpress Enterprises and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Xpress Enterprises 0 0 7 0 3.00
US Xpress Enterprises Competitors 41 268 296 9 2.44

US Xpress Enterprises currently has a consensus price target of $19.80, indicating a potential upside of 132.12%. As a group, “Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 26.65%. Given US Xpress Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe US Xpress Enterprises is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares US Xpress Enterprises and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Xpress Enterprises 1.38% 31.03% 5.77%
US Xpress Enterprises Competitors -0.53% -212.24% -1.89%

Summary

US Xpress Enterprises beats its competitors on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About US Xpress Enterprises

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. operates as an asset-based truckload carrier providing services primarily in the United States. It operates through two segments, Truckload and Brokerage. The Truckload segment offers asset-based truckload services, including the over-the-road and contract services. The Brokerage segment provides non-asset-based freight brokerage services. The company offers customers a portfolio of services using its truckload fleet and third-party carriers through its non-asset-based truck brokerage network. As of December 31, 2018, its fleet consisted of approximately 6,900 tractors and 16,000 trailers, including 1,650 tractors provided by independent contractors. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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