Sunday, March 4, 2018

Double-Digit Growth Continues To Propel Old Dominion

Forget its top-level performance in the less-than-truckload (or LTL) sector, Old Dominion (ODFL) is one of the better-run companies I've followed for the past decade-plus. Management sticks to what it does best, doesn't jeopardize the model just to please Wall Street in the short term, and continues to build the business for further growth. The only issue with that top-level performance is that it is no secret and Old Dominion's shares are seldom cheap outside of those cyclical downturns where the outlook for the sector is bleak.

Today is the opposite; demand for freight is expanding and Old Dominion is once again demonstrating that it can win share with service quality during such expansions. The shares are already pricing in double-digit EBITDA growth, and I think outperforming those expectations is going to be difficult. While I'd be very slow to sell Old Dominion if I already owned these shares, it's tough for me to argue for it as a buy at today's valuation.

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Double-Digit Growth Continues To Propel Old Dominion

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