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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke N/A -13.05% -2.45%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 1.10% 6.90% 3.30%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Daseke and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 0 4 0 3.00
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 3 0 3.00

Daseke presently has a consensus price target of $14.88, suggesting a potential upside of 5.65%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus price target of $57.35, suggesting a potential upside of 1,977.90%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Daseke.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Daseke and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke N/A N/A -$9.48 million N/A N/A
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $238.02 million 0.51 $7.45 million $0.08 34.50

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Daseke.

Risk & Volatility

Daseke has a beta of -0.43, suggesting that its share price is 143% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

34.1% of Daseke shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.3% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 37.2% of Daseke shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Pangaea Logistics Solutions beats Daseke on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Daseke Company Profile

Daseke, Inc. is a consolidator of the open deck freight market in North America. The Company provides open deck transportation and logistics. It operates through two segments: Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The Flatbed Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally require the use of flatbed and retractable-sided transportation equipment. The Specialized Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally include heavy haul, high-value customized, over-dimensional, step deck and removable gooseneck trailer solutions. The Company, as of September 5, 2017, had a fleet of over 3,800 trucks and over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailer. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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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