Financial Contrast: Verra Mobility (NASDAQ:VRRM) and Daseke (NASDAQ:DSKE)

Verra Mobility (NASDAQ:VRRM) and Daseke (NASDAQ:DSKE) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.8% of Verra Mobility shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.2% of Daseke shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Verra Mobility shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 30.2% of Daseke shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Verra Mobility has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Daseke has a beta of 2.33, meaning that its share price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Verra Mobility and Daseke’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Verra Mobility $416.72 million 3.60 $33.34 million $0.65 14.26
Daseke $1.74 billion 0.19 -$307.40 million $0.03 173.67

Verra Mobility has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Daseke. Verra Mobility is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Daseke, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Verra Mobility and Daseke’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Verra Mobility 4.17% 26.82% 6.54%
Daseke -19.33% 47.41% 2.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Verra Mobility and Daseke, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Verra Mobility 0 0 6 0 3.00
Daseke 0 0 3 0 3.00

Verra Mobility presently has a consensus target price of $13.25, indicating a potential upside of 42.93%. Daseke has a consensus target price of $5.67, indicating a potential upside of 8.77%. Given Verra Mobility’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Verra Mobility is more favorable than Daseke.

Summary

Verra Mobility beats Daseke on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Verra Mobility Company Profile

Verra Mobility Corporation provides smart mobility technology solutions and services in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It operates through two segments, Government Solutions and Commercial Services. The Government Solutions segment offers automated safety solutions, including services and technologies that enable photo enforcement through road safety camera programs related to red light, speed, school bus, and city bus lanes. This segment serves municipalities, counties, school districts, and law enforcement agencies. The Commercial Services segment provides automated toll and violations management, and title and registration solutions to rental car companies, fleet management companies, and other large fleet owners. The company is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.

Daseke Company Profile

Daseke, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions with a focus on flatbed and specialized freight in North America. It operates through two segments, Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The company transports aircraft parts, manufacturing equipment, structural steel, pressure vessels, wind turbine blades, heavy machinery, commercial glass, high security cargo, arms, ammunition and explosives, lumber, and building and construction materials. It also provides industrial warehousing space. As of March 8, 2019, the company operated a fleet of approximately 6,000 tractors and 13,000 flatbed and specialized trailers. Daseke, Inc. is headquartered in Addison, Texas.

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