Rush Enterprises (NASDAQ: RUSHA) and Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
76.6% of Rush Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.7% of Casey’s General Stores shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Rush Enterprises shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Casey’s General Stores shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Rush Enterprises and Casey’s General Stores’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Rush Enterprises||$4.71 billion||0.37||$172.12 million||$2.29||18.94|
|Casey’s General Stores||$8.39 billion||0.47||$317.90 million||$3.81||27.58|
Casey’s General Stores has higher revenue and earnings than Rush Enterprises. Rush Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Casey’s General Stores, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Rush Enterprises and Casey’s General Stores, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Casey’s General Stores||0||6||5||0||2.45|
Rush Enterprises currently has a consensus price target of $51.67, indicating a potential upside of 19.10%. Casey’s General Stores has a consensus price target of $123.25, indicating a potential upside of 17.29%. Given Rush Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Rush Enterprises is more favorable than Casey’s General Stores.
Risk & Volatility
Rush Enterprises has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Casey’s General Stores has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Casey’s General Stores pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Rush Enterprises does not pay a dividend. Casey’s General Stores pays out 27.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Casey’s General Stores has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.
This table compares Rush Enterprises and Casey’s General Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Casey’s General Stores||3.79%||11.61%||4.24%|
Casey’s General Stores beats Rush Enterprises on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Rush Enterprises
Rush Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. The company operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the Rush Truck Centers name. Its Rush Truck Centers primarily sell commercial vehicles manufactured by Peterbilt, International, Hino, Ford, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, IC Bus, or Blue Bird; provides new and used commercial vehicles, and aftermarket parts, as well as service and repair, financing, and leasing and rental services; and offers property and casualty insurance, including collision and liability insurance on commercial vehicles, cargo insurance, and credit life insurance to its commercial vehicle customers. The company also offers equipment installation and repair, parts installation, and paint and body repair services; new vehicle pre-delivery inspection, truck modification, and natural gas fuel system installation services; and body, chassis upfit, and component installation services, as well as sells tires for use on commercial vehicles. It serves regional and national truck fleets, corporations, local governments, and owner operators. The company operates a network of centers located in the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Rush Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in New Braunfels, Texas.
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey's General Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates convenience stores under the Casey's and Casey's General Store names. The company's stores offer a selection of food, including freshly prepared foods, such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches; beverage and tobacco products; health and beauty aids; automotive products; school supplies, housewares, and pet supplies; and other nonfood items. Its stores also offer fuel for sale on a self-service basis. In addition, the company operates two stores under the Tobacco City name primarily selling tobacco products; and one grocery store. As of April 13, 2018, it operated approximately 2,000 stores in 16 Midwestern states. Casey's General Stores, Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.
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