Critical Contrast: Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) & Its Competitors

Rush Enterprises (NASDAQ: RUSHA) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Rush Enterprises 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 Rush Enterprises and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rush Enterprises 3.65% 10.00% 3.42%
Rush Enterprises Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.7% of Rush Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.2% of Rush Enterprises 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Rush Enterprises and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Rush Enterprises $4.71 billion $172.12 million 16.88
Rush Enterprises Competitors $8.01 billion $218.36 million 12.43

Rush Enterprises’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Rush Enterprises. Rush Enterprises 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.

Volatility & Risk

Rush Enterprises has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rush Enterprises’ rivals have a beta of 9.98, suggesting that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rush Enterprises 0 2 3 0 2.60
Rush Enterprises Competitors 116 608 661 28 2.43

Rush Enterprises currently has a consensus target price of $51.25, suggesting a potential upside of 32.60%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 17.74%. Given Rush Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Rush Enterprises is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Rush Enterprises rivals beat Rush Enterprises on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises, Inc. is an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services. The Company operates through the Truck Segment, which includes its operation of a regional network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the name Rush Truck Centers. Through its Rush Truck Centers, it offers services, including retail sales of new and used commercial vehicles, aftermarket parts sales, service and repair facilities, financing, leasing and rental, and insurance products. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 100 Rush Truck Centers in 21 states. The Company’s Rush Truck Centers are located in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Its Rush Truck Leasing provides full-service maintenance on customers’ vehicles. At Rush Truck Centers, it offers third-party financing to assist customers in purchasing new and used commercial vehicles.

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