Financial Survey: TravelCenters of America (TA) and Its Competitors

TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ: TA) is one of 20 public companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare TravelCenters of America to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

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TravelCenters of America has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TravelCenters of America’s peers have a beta of 9.98, suggesting that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TravelCenters of America and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
TravelCenters of America $6.05 billion $9.26 million -11.58
TravelCenters of America Competitors $8.01 billion $218.36 million 12.43

TravelCenters of America’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than TravelCenters of America. TravelCenters of America 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.

Profitability

This table compares TravelCenters of America and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TravelCenters of America 0.15% -2.20% -0.74%
TravelCenters of America Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.0% of TravelCenters of America shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of TravelCenters of America shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for TravelCenters of America and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TravelCenters of America 0 1 2 0 2.67
TravelCenters of America Competitors 116 608 661 28 2.43

TravelCenters of America presently has a consensus price target of $7.67, suggesting a potential upside of 120.62%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 18.00%. Given TravelCenters of America’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe TravelCenters of America is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

TravelCenters of America peers beat TravelCenters of America on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operates and franchises travel centers and convenience store and restaurant locations. The Company’s segments include travel centers, convenience stores, and corporate and other. The Company offers a range of products and services, including diesel fuel and gasoline, as well as nonfuel products and services, such as truck repair and maintenance services, full service restaurants, quick service restaurants (QSRs), travel/convenience stores and various customer amenities. Its customers include trucking fleets and their drivers, independent truck drivers, highway and local motorists, and casual diners. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s business included 255 travel centers in 43 states in the United States primarily along the United States interstate highway system, and the province of Ontario, Canada. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s business included 233 convenience stores in 11 states in the United States.

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