Reviewing Daseke (DSKE) & The Providence Service (PRSC)

Daseke (NASDAQ: DSKE) and The Providence Service (NASDAQ:PRSC) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Daseke and The Providence Service’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke $846.30 million 0.67 $26.99 million ($0.60) -16.55
The Providence Service $1.62 billion 0.62 $53.36 million N/A N/A

The Providence Service has higher revenue and earnings than Daseke.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Daseke and The Providence Service, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 0 5 0 3.00
The Providence Service 0 0 1 0 3.00

Daseke currently has a consensus target price of $14.63, indicating a potential upside of 47.28%. The Providence Service has a consensus target price of $67.00, indicating a potential downside of 14.70%. Given Daseke’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Daseke is more favorable than The Providence Service.

Profitability

This table compares Daseke and The Providence Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke 3.35% -4.69% -1.17%
The Providence Service 3.13% 8.39% 3.71%

Risk and Volatility

Daseke has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Providence Service has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

42.2% of Daseke shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.8% of The Providence Service shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.2% of Daseke shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of The Providence Service shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Daseke

Daseke, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions with a focus on flatbed and specialized freight in North America. It operates through Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions segments. The company transports heavy haul freight, defense and commercial arms, ammunition and explosives, radioactive cargo and hazardous materials, and commercial sheet glass, as well as offers 10-wheel drive-away services. It also offers industrial warehousing and distribution services, including export packaging and free trade zone access in Savannah, Georgia; and over-dimensional cargo solution. In addition, Daseke, Inc. operates as an open deck carrier for power sports industry. The company serves automotive, port intermodal, power generation, and steel and building materials markets. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 3,218 company-owned tractors, and 11,237 trailers, as well as 2,056 tractors owned and operated by independent contractors. Daseke, Inc. is headquartered in Addison, Texas.

About The Providence Service

The Providence Service Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides healthcare and workforce development services in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Non-Emergency Transportation Services (NET Services) and Workforce Development Services (WD Services). The NET Services segment offers non-emergency medical transportation services for Medicaid or Medicare eligible members, whose limited mobility or financial resources hinder their ability to access necessary healthcare and social services. The WD Services segment offers workforce development and offender rehabilitation services, including employment preparation and placement, apprenticeship and training, youth community service programs, and other health related services to clients on behalf of governmental and private entities. This segment serves disabled, unemployed, and individuals seeking new skills, as well as individuals that are coping with medical illnesses, newly graduated from educational institutions, and being released from incarceration. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

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