Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO) and Core-Mark Holding (NASDAQ:CORE) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and earnings.
This table compares Echo Global Logistics and Core-Mark Holding’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Echo Global Logistics||-0.09%||3.65%||1.72%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Echo Global Logistics and Core-Mark Holding’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Echo Global Logistics||$1.73 billion||0.31||$34.76 million||($0.05)||-365.93|
|Core-Mark Holding||$11.86 billion||0.14||$130.70 million||$1.10||33.65|
Core-Mark Holding has higher revenue and earnings than Echo Global Logistics. Echo Global Logistics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Core-Mark Holding, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Echo Global Logistics has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Core-Mark Holding has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
89.8% of Echo Global Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.3% of Core-Mark Holding shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Echo Global Logistics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Core-Mark Holding shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Core-Mark Holding pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Echo Global Logistics does not pay a dividend. Core-Mark Holding pays out 32.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Echo Global Logistics and Core-Mark Holding, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Echo Global Logistics||0||0||7||0||3.00|
Echo Global Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $28.83, suggesting a potential upside of 57.56%. Core-Mark Holding has a consensus price target of $40.75, suggesting a potential upside of 10.08%. Given Echo Global Logistics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Echo Global Logistics is more favorable than Core-Mark Holding.
About Echo Global Logistics
Echo Global Logistics, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management solutions. The Company utilizes a technology platform to compile and analyze data from its multi-modal network of transportation providers to facilitate its transportation and logistics services. The Company focuses primarily on arranging transportation by truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL) carriers. It also offers intermodal (which involves moving a shipment by rail and truck), small parcel, domestic air, expedited and international transportation services. The Company’s core logistics services include rate negotiation, shipment execution and tracking, carrier selection and management, routing compliance freight bill payment and audit, payment and performance management and reporting functions.
About Core-Mark Holding
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. is a wholesale distributor to the convenience retail industry in North America. The Company provides sales, marketing, distribution and logistics services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offered services to over 43,000 customer locations across the United States and Canada through 30 distribution centers. The Company’s segments include the United States, Canada and Corporate. The Company’s primary customer base consists of traditional convenience stores, as well as alternative outlets selling consumer packaged goods. The Company’s traditional convenience store customers include various national and super-regional convenience store operators, as well as independently owned convenience stores. Its alternative outlet customers include a range of store formats, including grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, cigarette and tobacco shops, hotel gift shops, military exchanges, college and corporate campuses, casinos and hardware stores.
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