Contrasting ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCB) & Quality Distribution (QLTY)

ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) and Quality Distribution (NASDAQ:QLTY) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.


This table compares ArcBest Corporation and Quality Distribution’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ArcBest Corporation 0.83% 4.92% 2.26%
Quality Distribution 0.95% N/A 2.09%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for ArcBest Corporation and Quality Distribution, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ArcBest Corporation 0 5 2 0 2.29
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A

ArcBest Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $25.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.23%. Given ArcBest Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe ArcBest Corporation is more favorable than Quality Distribution.


ArcBest Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Quality Distribution does not pay a dividend. ArcBest Corporation pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.4% of ArcBest Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of ArcBest Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ArcBest Corporation and Quality Distribution’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ArcBest Corporation $2.77 billion 0.24 $146.83 million $0.86 30.64
Quality Distribution N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ArcBest Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Quality Distribution.


ArcBest Corporation beats Quality Distribution on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ArcBest Corporation

ArcBest Corporation is a holding company of businesses providing integrated logistics solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Asset-Based, which consists of ABF Freight System, Inc. and other subsidiaries; ArcBest, which represents the consolidation of the operations of the Premium Logistics, Transportation Management and Household Goods Moving Services segments, and FleetNet, which includes the results of operations of FleetNet America, Inc. (FleetNet). Its Asset-Based operations offer transportation of general commodities through standard, time-critical, expedited and guaranteed LTL services-nationally and regionally. Its ArcBest segment includes truckload, expedite, international, warehousing, freight transportation, management services and moving services. Its FleetNet segment provides roadside assistance and maintenance management services for commercial vehicles to customers in the United States and Canada through a network of third-party service providers.

About Quality Distribution

Quality Distribution Inc. is a United States-based provider of bulk transportation and logistics services. The Company also provides transportation and delivery services. The Company offers services, such as chemical bulk transportation, logistics, container and depot, intermodal, leasing and risk services. Its container and depot services for intermodal equipment include repair, maintenance and cleaning, and redistribution. Its intermodal services include tracking solutions, solutions regarding capacity, pre-clearing for shipments moving across borders, and management and control over every shipping segment from departure to delivery. It offers risk management consulting that covers insurance policy reviews, insurance or self-insurance analysis and brokerage relationship studies. It also offers audit services, electronic or on-site. It serves industries, including chemical, unconventional oil and gas, bulk liquid and food grade liquid.

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