Analyzing Daseke (NASDAQ:DSKE) & Lindblad Expeditions (LIND)

Daseke (NASDAQ: DSKE) and Lindblad Expeditions (NASDAQ:LIND) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Daseke and Lindblad Expeditions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 0 5 0 3.00
Lindblad Expeditions 0 1 2 0 2.67

Daseke presently has a consensus target price of $14.63, indicating a potential upside of 48.78%. Lindblad Expeditions has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.19%. Given Daseke’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Daseke is more favorable than Lindblad Expeditions.

Risk & Volatility

Daseke has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lindblad Expeditions has a beta of -0.31, suggesting that its stock price is 131% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Daseke and Lindblad Expeditions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke 3.35% -4.69% -1.17%
Lindblad Expeditions 0.54% 12.46% 3.32%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

42.2% of Daseke shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are held by institutional investors. 28.6% of Daseke shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 51.6% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are held by 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 Daseke and Lindblad Expeditions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke $846.30 million 0.66 $26.99 million ($0.60) -16.38
Lindblad Expeditions $266.50 million 2.22 -$8.66 million $0.09 143.67

Daseke has higher revenue and earnings than Lindblad Expeditions. Daseke is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lindblad Expeditions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About Daseke

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.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. provides expedition cruising and adventure travel services. It offers itineraries that feature up-close encounters with wildlife, nature, history, and culture, as well as promote guest empowerment and interactivity. The company operates expeditions on intimately-scaled ships and interaction between guests, crew, and the teams of scientists, naturalists, researchers, and photographers that participate in the expeditions. It operates a fleet of seven owned expedition ships and five seasonal charter vessels under the Lindblad brand. The company has a strategic alliance with The National Geographic Society. Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

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