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How to buy Universal Logistics stock | $22.06

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Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc is a trucking business based in the US. Universal Logistics shares (ULH) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Universal Logistics employs 3,423 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Universal Logistics

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Universal Logistics. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ULH. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Universal Logistics reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$22.06, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Universal Logistics, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Universal Logistics. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Universal Logistics share price

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Universal Logistics shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-03.
Latest market closeUSD$22.06
52-week rangeUSD$11.02 - USD$23.94
50-day moving average USD$21.9209
200-day moving average USD$19.4121
Wall St. target priceUSD$31.67
PE ratio 14.8566
Dividend yield USD$0.42 (1.9%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.499

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Is it a good time to buy Universal Logistics stock?

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Universal Logistics price performance over time

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Is Universal Logistics under- or over-valued?

Valuing Universal Logistics stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Universal Logistics's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Universal Logistics's P/E ratio

Universal Logistics's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, Universal Logistics shares trade at around 15x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Universal Logistics's PEG ratio

Universal Logistics's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.88. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Universal Logistics's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Universal Logistics's EBITDA

Universal Logistics's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$146.7 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Universal Logistics's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Universal Logistics financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.08%
Gross profit TTM USD$263.3 million
Return on assets TTM 4.4%
Return on equity TTM 19.1%
Profit margin 2.94%
Book value $8.456
Market capitalisation USD$599.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Universal Logistics shares

There are currently 79,782 Universal Logistics shares held short by investors – that's known as Universal Logistics's "short interest". This figure is 7.2% down from 85,958 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Universal Logistics shares can be evaluated.

Universal Logistics's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Universal Logistics's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Universal Logistics shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Universal Logistics shares traded daily (recently around 43359.782608696). Universal Logistics's SIR currently stands at 1.84. In other words for every 100,000 Universal Logistics shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1840 shares are currently held short.

However Universal Logistics's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Universal Logistics shares, or, against the total number of tradable Universal Logistics shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Universal Logistics's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Universal Logistics shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0108% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Universal Logistics shares, roughly 11 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Universal Logistics.

Find out more about how you can short Universal Logistics stock.

Universal Logistics share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 14% of net profits

Recently Universal Logistics has paid out, on average, around 14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.9% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Universal Logistics shareholders could enjoy a 1.9% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Universal Logistics's case, that would currently equate to about $0.42 per share.

While Universal Logistics's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Universal Logistics is investing more in its future growth.

Universal Logistics's most recent dividend payout was on 4 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Universal Logistics share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Universal Logistics's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.02 up to $23.94. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ULH.US volatility(beta: 1.7)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Universal Logistics's is 1.6995. This would suggest that Universal Logistics's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Universal Logistics overview

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Colombia. It offers truckload services, which include dry van, flatbed, heavy-haul, and refrigerated operations; domestic and international freight forwarding, and customs brokerage services; and final mile and ground expedite services. The company transports various commodities comprising automotive parts, machinery, building materials, paper, food, consumer goods, furniture, steel, and other metals. It also provides value-added services for individual customer requirements, including material handling, consolidation, sequencing, sub-assembly, cross-dock, kitting, repacking, warehousing, and returnable container management; and intermodal support services comprising short-to-medium distance delivery of steamship and rail truck containers between the port or railhead, and the customer and drayage services. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. serves automotive, steel, oil and gas, alternative energy, and manufacturing industries, as well as other transportation companies who aggregate loads from various shippers. The company was formerly known as Universal Truckload Services, Inc. and changed its name to Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. in April 2016. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Warren, Michigan.

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