Head-To-Head Review: Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL) & US Xpress Enterprises (USX)

Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ: ODFL) and US Xpress Enterprises (NYSE:USX) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Old Dominion Freight Line and US Xpress Enterprises’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Old Dominion Freight Line $3.36 billion 3.58 $463.77 million $4.36 33.62
US Xpress Enterprises $1.56 billion 0.44 -$4.06 million N/A N/A

Old Dominion Freight Line has higher revenue and earnings than US Xpress Enterprises.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Old Dominion Freight Line and US Xpress Enterprises, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Old Dominion Freight Line 2 6 5 0 2.23
US Xpress Enterprises 0 0 7 0 3.00

Old Dominion Freight Line currently has a consensus target price of $145.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.08%. US Xpress Enterprises has a consensus target price of $21.80, indicating a potential upside of 55.27%. Given US Xpress Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe US Xpress Enterprises is more favorable than Old Dominion Freight Line.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.0% of Old Dominion Freight Line shares are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Old Dominion Freight Line shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Old Dominion Freight Line pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. US Xpress Enterprises does not pay a dividend. Old Dominion Freight Line pays out 11.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Old Dominion Freight Line and US Xpress Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Old Dominion Freight Line 15.37% 20.31% 14.97%
US Xpress Enterprises N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Old Dominion Freight Line beats US Xpress Enterprises on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Old Dominion Freight Line Company Profile

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. operates as a less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier in the United States and North America. It provides regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services, including ground and air expedited transportation, and consumer household pickup and delivery. The company also offers various value-added services comprising container drayage, truckload brokerage, supply chain consulting, and warehousing. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 8,316 tractors, as well as operated 228 service and 39 maintenance centers. Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is based in Thomasville, North Carolina.

US Xpress Enterprises Company Profile

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. operates as an asset-based truckload carrier providing services primarily in the United States. It operates in 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 March 31, 2018, its fleet consisted of approximately 6,800 tractors and approximately 16,000 trailers, including approximately 1,300 tractors provided by independent contractors. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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