Head-To-Head Analysis: YRC Worldwide (YRCW) vs. J. B. Hunt (JBHT)

YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW) and J. B. Hunt (NASDAQ:JBHT) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations for YRC Worldwide and J. B. Hunt, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YRC Worldwide 0 2 3 0 2.60
J. B. Hunt 0 9 9 0 2.50

YRC Worldwide currently has a consensus target price of $17.75, indicating a potential upside of 111.81%. J. B. Hunt has a consensus target price of $121.33, indicating a potential upside of 10.37%. Given YRC Worldwide’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe YRC Worldwide is more favorable than J. B. Hunt.

Risk & Volatility

YRC Worldwide has a beta of 4.05, indicating that its share price is 305% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J. B. Hunt has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

J. B. Hunt pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. YRC Worldwide does not pay a dividend. J. B. Hunt pays out 25.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. J. B. Hunt has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.9% of YRC Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.2% of J. B. Hunt shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of YRC Worldwide shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.2% of J. B. Hunt shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares YRC Worldwide and J. B. Hunt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YRC Worldwide -0.22% -1.31% 0.31%
J. B. Hunt 9.55% 27.32% 10.35%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares YRC Worldwide and J. B. Hunt’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YRC Worldwide $4.89 billion 0.06 -$10.80 million $0.15 55.87
J. B. Hunt $7.19 billion 1.68 $686.26 million $3.74 29.39

J. B. Hunt has higher revenue and earnings than YRC Worldwide. J. B. Hunt is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than YRC Worldwide, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

J. B. Hunt beats YRC Worldwide on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

YRC Worldwide Company Profile

YRC Worldwide Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various transportation services primarily in North America. Its YRC Freight segment offers various services to transport industrial, commercial, and retail goods; and provides specialized services, including guaranteed expedited services, time-specific deliveries, cross-border services, coast-to-coast air delivery, product returns, temperature-sensitive shipment protection, and government material shipments. It serves manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and government customers. As of December 31, 2017, this segment had a fleet of approximately 7,600 tractors comprising 5,900 owned and 1,700 leased; and 30,900 trailers consisting of 23,800 owned and 7,100 leased. The company's Regional Transportation segment provides regional delivery services, which include next-day local area delivery and second-day services, consolidation/distribution services, protect-from-freezing and hazardous materials handling, truck loading, and other specialized offerings; guaranteed and expedited delivery services consisting of day-definite, hour-definite, and time definite capabilities; interregional delivery services; and cross-border delivery services, as well as operates hollandregional.com, newpenn.com, and reddawayregional.com, which are e-commerce Websites offering online resources to manage transportation activities. This segment had a fleet of approximately 6,500 tractors, including 4,700 owned and 1,800 leased; and 13,700 trailers comprising 10,500 owned and 3,200 leased. The company was formerly known as Yellow Roadway Corporation and changed its name to YRC Worldwide Inc. in January 2006. YRC Worldwide Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

J. B. Hunt Company Profile

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. is a surface transportation, delivery, and logistics company in North America. The Company segments include Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) and Truck (JBT). The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services to a range of customers and consumers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The JBI segment draws on the intermodal services of rail carriers for the underlying linehaul movement of its equipment between rail ramps. Its DCS segment focuses on private fleet conversion and creation in replenishment, specialized equipment and final-mile delivery services. Its ICS segment provides traditional freight brokerage and transportation logistics solutions to customers through relationships with third-party carriers and integration. Its JBT segment offers full-load, dry-van freight, utilizing tractors operating over roads and highways.

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