Critical Survey: Universal Logistics Holdings (ULH) vs. Celadon Group (CGI)

Universal Logistics Holdings (NYSE: ULH) and Celadon Group (NYSE:CGI) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Celadon Group pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Universal Logistics Holdings does not pay a dividend. Celadon Group pays out 20.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and Celadon Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics Holdings 0.90% 7.26% 1.86%
Celadon Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.2% of Celadon Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Celadon Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and Celadon Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics Holdings $1.13 billion 0.54 $72.35 million N/A N/A
Celadon Group $1.05 billion 0.14 $83.46 million $0.20 25.75

Celadon Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Universal Logistics Holdings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Universal Logistics Holdings and Celadon Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics Holdings 0 2 1 0 2.33
Celadon Group 0 3 4 0 2.57

Universal Logistics Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.98%. Celadon Group has a consensus price target of $25.50, indicating a potential upside of 395.15%. Given Celadon Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Celadon Group is more favorable than Universal Logistics Holdings.

Summary

Celadon Group beats Universal Logistics Holdings on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Universal Logistics Holdings

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc., formerly Universal Truckload Services, Inc., is an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Colombia. The Company operates through two segments: the transportation segment and the logistics segment. The Company’s operations aggregated in the transportation segment are associated with individual freight shipments coordinated by its agents, company-managed terminals and specialized services operations. The Company’s operations aggregated in the logistics segment deliver value-added services and transportation services to specific customers. Its other operating segments consist of the Company’s subsidiaries that provide support services to other subsidiaries and to owner-operators, including shop maintenance and equipment leasing. The Company groups its services into three service categories: transportation, value-added and intermodal support.

About Celadon Group

Celadon Group, Inc. (Celadon) is a truckload freight transportation provider. The Company’s segments are asset-based, asset-light, and equipment leasing and services. Its services involve point-to-point shipping for its customers within the United States, between the United States and Mexico, and between the United States and Canada. The Company’s primary asset-based services include the United States domestic dry van and refrigerated; cross-border service between the United States and each of Mexico and Canada; intra-Mexico and intra-Canada service; contract service; regional and specialized short haul service, and rail intermodal service. The Company’s primary asset-light services include freight brokerage, warehousing, less-than truckload consolidation and supply chain logistics services.

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