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YRC Worldwide, Inc. (YRCW): A High-Flyer That Is Still Ridiculously Cheap

In 2013, YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW) has grown from a $60 million company to having a market cap of $240 million, a gain of more than 300%. While many assume that such large gains could indicate a potential pullback, I believe there is still unprecedented upside potential.

YRC at a glance

YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW)

YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW) is a transportation company that operates in the industrial, commercial, and retail goods space. After producing almost a decade of continuous loss, from being a large cap company, the company has seen a number of catalysts that has catapulted its stock from the depths of all-time lows.

All of YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW)’s gains have been created since May. These large gains were jumpstarted after the company posted Q1 earnings, which included its first operating income in more than half a decade. Overall, the company made a $58.5 million operating improvement, and gave guidance to suggest that further improvements were possible.

Then, in mid-May, YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW) made a bid to acquire fellow transport company Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS). While YRC Worldwide is a company with zero growth that focuses on efficiency, Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS) is a company with near 20% top-line growth. With more than $2 billion in annual revenue, the acquisition of Arkansas Best could produce a growth catalyst; one that is near profitable.

A company with deep value

What many people don’t realize is that with or without Arkansas Best, YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW) is still a massive company. People look at its $240 million market cap and assume that it’s a smaller company, but in reality, YRC Worldwide has more than $4.8 billion in revenue over the last 12 months.

YRC Worldwide is an interesting company. It operates in all segments of transportation but is not a consumer company per say. Therefore, it has similarities and differences compared to a company such as FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) or a supply-chain solutions transportation company such as J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT).

FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) is an indicator of global economic strength, but is a company that is seeing vast bottom line improvements. The company typically grows at the rate of GDP, but after recent cost-cutting measures FedEx is expecting EPS growth between 7% and 13% for its full-year. FedEx is the quintessential play on the entire transportation sector, although the majority of its revenue comes from FedEx Express. This segment consists of domestic overnight and deferred package and freight services, as well as international express and deferred package and freight services; it is what drives the investment outlook for FedEx and what separates it from competitors.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT) is more of a growth play in the transportation sector, with top-line growth of 10%. The company operates in traditional on-road trucking services, and rail, but also a non-asset based brokerage business; which is its fastest growing segment. As you’ll see below, J.B. Hunt is a bit pricey, but its premium is due to its growth. Meanwhile YRC Worldwide is a value play, and FedEx is secular investment, meaning an investment decision is based on personal preference.

Overall, the transportation sector as a whole is a sector that trades around 1.1 times sales. However, the sector is very diverse, with a wide range of industries that trade at various premiums relative to fundamentals.

FedEx J.B. Hunt YRC Worldwide
Market Cap $31.5 billion $8.22 billion $240 million
Revenue $44.3 billion $5.18 billion $4.82 billion
Price/Sales 0.70 1.57 0.05
Operating Margin 7.25% 10.4% 1.25%

Like most industries, higher margins create greater premiums to fundamentals. In the case of these three companies, all are slightly different, but it shouldn’t be difficult to see how cheap YRC Worldwide trades relative to J.B. Hunt and FedEx.