Head-To-Head Comparison: J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) & Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (DSKE)

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: DSKE) and J.B. Hunt Transport Services (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, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a beta of -0.1, suggesting that its share price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and J.B. Hunt Transport Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II $682.32 million 0.69 $72.93 million N/A N/A
J.B. Hunt Transport Services $6.77 billion 1.56 $1.06 billion $3.82 25.30

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has higher revenue and earnings than Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II.

Dividends

J.B. Hunt Transport Services pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II does not pay a dividend. J.B. Hunt Transport Services pays out 24.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and J.B. Hunt Transport Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II N/A -24.73% -3.71%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services 6.32% 30.00% 11.08%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.6% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.1% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II 0 0 4 0 3.00
J.B. Hunt Transport Services 0 7 7 0 2.50

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II currently has a consensus price target of $13.67, indicating a potential upside of 10.22%. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a consensus price target of $98.71, indicating a potential upside of 2.16%. Given Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II is more favorable than J.B. Hunt Transport Services.

Summary

J.B. Hunt Transport Services beats Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II

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. As of July 5, 2017, the Company had a fleet of over 3,600 trucks and 7,500 open deck specialized trailers. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About J.B. Hunt Transport Services

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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