Financial Contrast: Greenbrier Companies (GBX) vs. Its Competitors

Greenbrier Companies (NYSE: GBX) is one of 144 public companies in the “TRANSPORTATION” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Greenbrier Companies to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

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This table compares Greenbrier Companies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greenbrier Companies 5.39% 10.71% 5.39%
Greenbrier Companies Competitors 0.79% 6.59% 3.05%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Greenbrier Companies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Greenbrier Companies $2.17 billion $116.06 million 13.38
Greenbrier Companies Competitors $3.23 billion $305.22 million 18.53

Greenbrier Companies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Greenbrier Companies. Greenbrier Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.8% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Greenbrier Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.2% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are held by 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Greenbrier Companies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greenbrier Companies 0 1 5 0 2.83
Greenbrier Companies Competitors 1093 3987 4824 203 2.41

Greenbrier Companies currently has a consensus price target of $58.33, indicating a potential upside of 17.85%. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies have a potential upside of 11.83%. Given Greenbrier Companies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Greenbrier Companies is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Greenbrier Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Greenbrier Companies pays out 24.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out -1,094.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Greenbrier Companies lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

Greenbrier Companies has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Greenbrier Companies’ peers have a beta of 1.19, indicating that their average share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Greenbrier Companies peers beat Greenbrier Companies on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Greenbrier Companies Company Profile

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of railroad freight car equipment in North America and Europe; a manufacturer and marketer of marine barges in North America; a provider of wheel services, parts, leasing and other services to the railroad and related transportation industries in North America, and a provider of railcar repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through a joint venture partnership. It operates in four segments: Manufacturing; Wheels & Parts; Leasing & Services, and GBW Joint Venture. It also produces rail castings and tank heads through unconsolidated joint ventures. It operates an integrated business model in North America that combines freight car manufacturing, wheel services, repair, refurbishment, retrofitting, component parts, leasing and fleet management services. Its customers include railroads, leasing companies, financial institutions, shippers, carriers and transportation companies.

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