Critical Contrast: Saia (SAIA) vs. Pangaea Logistics Solutions (PANL)

Saia (NASDAQ: SAIA) and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.0% of Saia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.7% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Saia shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Saia and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saia 0 2 4 0 2.67
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00

Saia presently has a consensus price target of $53.60, indicating a potential downside of 11.99%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus price target of $111.10, indicating a potential upside of 4,529.17%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Saia.

Profitability

This table compares Saia and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saia 4.12% 10.84% 6.12%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0.88% 6.56% 3.14%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Saia and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Saia $1.29 billion 1.19 $168.48 million $2.06 29.56
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $313.00 million 0.34 $30.99 million $0.08 30.00

Saia has higher revenue and earnings than Pangaea Logistics Solutions. Saia is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pangaea Logistics Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Saia has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Saia beats Pangaea Logistics Solutions on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Saia Company Profile

Saia, Inc. is a transportation company. The Company provides regional and interregional less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Company also offers a range of other value-added services, including non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services across the United States. The Company’s subsidiary Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC (Saia LTL Freight) is a LTL carrier. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight had served 34 states in the South, Southwest, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and West. Saia LTL Freight specializes in offering its customers a range of regional and interregional LTL services, including time-definite and expedited options. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight operated a network consisting of 151 owned and leased locations. The Company’s other subsidiaries include Saia TL Plus, LLC, Saia Logistics Services, LLC, Saia Sales, LLC, Saia Metrogo, LLC, LinkEx, Inc. and Saia Motor Freight Mexico, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of seaborne drybulk transportation services. The Company services a range of industrial customers who require the transportation of a range of drybulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite and limestone. The Company addresses the transportation needs of its customers by undertaking a set of services and activities, including cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning and technical vessel management. The Company uses a mix of owned and chartered-in motor vessels to transport over 18.3 million deadweight tons (dwt) of cargo to approximately 100 ports across the world, averaging over 40 vessels in service. The Company’s owned fleet includes eight Panamax drybulk carriers, four Supramax drybulk carriers and two Handymax drybulk carriers. Its vessels include Nordic Orion, Nordic Odyssey and Bulk Trident.

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