Reviewing Werner Enterprises (WERN) & The Competition

Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Werner Enterprises to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Werner Enterprises has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Werner Enterprises’ rivals have a beta of 1.04, meaning that their average share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Werner Enterprises and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Werner Enterprises 3.90% 7.97% 4.57%
Werner Enterprises Competitors 5.03% 10.57% 5.41%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Werner Enterprises and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Werner Enterprises 1 9 3 0 2.15
Werner Enterprises Competitors 84 600 566 25 2.42

Werner Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $32.45, indicating a potential downside of 9.09%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 16.33%. Given Werner Enterprises’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Werner Enterprises has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.1% of Werner Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.5% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 34.7% of Werner Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned 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.

Dividends

Werner Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Werner Enterprises pays out 25.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 16.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Werner Enterprises and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Werner Enterprises $2.05 billion $334.48 million 32.45
Werner Enterprises Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 28.91

Werner Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Werner Enterprises is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Werner Enterprises rivals beat Werner Enterprises on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Werner Enterprises

Werner Enterprises, Inc. is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. It operates through two segments: Truckload and Werner Logistics. It provides logistics services through its Werner Logistics division. As of December 31, 2016, it had a fleet of approximately 7,100 trucks, of which 6,305 were company-operated and 795 were owned and operated by independent contractors. Its Werner Logistics division operated 74 intermodal drayage trucks as of December 31, 2016. Its Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. It operates in several provinces of Canada to provide through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. Its Werner Logistic segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider and comprises four operating units: truck brokerage, freight management, the intermodal and Werner Global Logistics international.

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