Critical Contrast: Matson (MATX) & Its Competitors

Matson (NYSE: MATX) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Water transportation” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Matson to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Matson and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matson 11.33% 14.40% 3.63%
Matson Competitors -0.68% 4.75% 1.80%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Matson and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matson 0 2 2 0 2.50
Matson Competitors 239 766 1134 37 2.45

Matson currently has a consensus target price of $30.75, suggesting a potential upside of 8.93%. As a group, “Water transportation” companies have a potential upside of 17.54%. Given Matson’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Matson has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.1% of Matson shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matson shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Matson has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matson’s rivals have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Matson and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Matson $2.05 billion $232.00 million 15.86
Matson Competitors $2.48 billion $295.03 million -0.46

Matson’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Matson. Matson is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Matson pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Matson pays out 44.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Water transportation” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.1% and pay out 74.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Matson has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Matson beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Matson Company Profile

Matson, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an ocean cargo carrier. The company operates in two segments, Ocean Transportation and Logistics. The Ocean Transportation segment offers ocean transportation services to the domestic economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, as well as to other island economies in Micronesia and in the South Pacific. This segment also operates an expedited service from China to Long Beach, California; and provides container and conventional freight services between New Zealand and other South Pacific Islands including Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Niue, Vanuatu, Nauru, and the Solomon Islands. It primarily transports dry containers of mixed commodities, refrigerated commodities, packaged foods and beverages, building materials, automobiles, and household goods; general sustenance cargo; and garments, footwear, and other retail merchandise. This segment also offers container stevedoring, container equipment maintenance, and other terminal services on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai, as well as in the Alaska locations of Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor. It operates a fleet of 22 owned and 5 chartered vessels. The Logistics segment provides multimodal transportation services, including domestic and international rail intermodal service; long-haul and regional highway brokerage, specialized hauling, flat-bed and project work, less-than-truckload, and expedited freight; and supply chain management, and warehousing and distribution services. This segment also offers freight forwarding, consolidation, customs brokerage, purchase order management, and non-vessel operating common carrier services. The company was formerly known as Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Matson, Inc. in June 2012. Matson, Inc. was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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