Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (DSKE) vs. Landstar System (LSTR) Financial Review

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: DSKE) and Landstar System (NASDAQ:LSTR) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II does not pay a dividend. Landstar System pays out 10.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

17.2% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.1% of Landstar System shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Landstar System shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Landstar System’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II $655.36 million 0.70 $75.82 million N/A N/A
Landstar System $3.33 billion 1.06 $270.67 million $3.46 24.25

Landstar System has higher revenue and earnings than Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II.

Risk & Volatility

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a beta of -0.1, suggesting that its stock price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landstar System has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Landstar System’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II N/A -32.77% -3.76%
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Landstar System, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II 0 0 4 0 3.00
Landstar System 2 4 2 0 2.00

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II presently has a consensus price target of $13.67, indicating a potential upside of 13.13%. Landstar System has a consensus price target of $82.67, indicating a potential downside of 1.47%. Given Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II is more favorable than Landstar System.

Summary

Landstar System beats Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II Company Profile

Daseke, Inc. is a consolidator of the open deck freight market in North America. The Company provides open deck transportation and logistics. It operates through two segments: Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The Flatbed Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally require the use of flatbed and retractable-sided transportation equipment. The Specialized Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally include heavy haul, high-value customized, over-dimensional, step deck and removable gooseneck trailer solutions. As of July 5, 2017, the Company had a fleet of over 3,600 trucks and 7,500 open deck specialized trailers. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Landstar System Company Profile

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

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