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Executive Summary

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company.

Snowflake Analysis

Undervalued with adequate balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has United Rentals's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: URI's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Trade Distributors


US Market

1 Year Return




US Trade Distributors


US Market

Return vs Industry: URI exceeded the US Trade Distributors industry which returned 0.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: URI exceeded the US Market which returned 6% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day2.0%0.3%2.3%
30 Day-6.1%-7.1%-0.7%
90 Day38.0%19.9%17.1%
1 Year13.9%13.9%2.8%0.8%9.0%6.7%
3 Year30.1%30.1%20.6%14.9%36.7%27.8%
5 Year85.5%85.5%28.7%19.3%65.2%46.9%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is United Rentals's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is United Rentals undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: URI ($148.65) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($212.79)

Significantly Below Fair Value: URI is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: URI is good value based on its PE Ratio (9.6x) compared to the Trade Distributors industry average (15.3x).

PE vs Market: URI is good value based on its PE Ratio (9.6x) compared to the US market (16.1x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: URI is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.4x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: URI is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.9x) compared to the US Trade Distributors industry average (1.3x).

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Future Growth

How is United Rentals forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 15 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: URI's forecast earnings growth (22.2% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: URI's earnings (22.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: URI's revenue (4.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: URI's revenue (4.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: URI's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (23.4%)

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Past Performance

How has United Rentals performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: URI has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: URI's current net profit margins (12.5%) are lower than last year (12.9%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: URI's earnings have grown by 19.4% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: URI's earnings growth over the past year (7.7%) is below its 5-year average (19.4% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: URI earnings growth over the past year (7.7%) exceeded the Trade Distributors industry -9.9%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst URI's Return on Equity (32.24%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is United Rentals's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: URI's short term assets ($2.2B) exceed its short term liabilities ($2.0B).

Long Term Liabilities: URI's short term assets ($2.2B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($13.2B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: URI's debt to equity ratio (315%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: URI's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 541.3% to 315% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: URI's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (26.2%).

Interest Coverage: URI's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (3.9x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is United Rentals's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate URI's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate URI's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if URI's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if URI's dividend payments have been increasing.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of URI's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Matt Flannery (55yo)





Mr. Matthew J. Flannery, also known as Matt, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at United Rentals, Inc. since May 8, 2019. Mr. Flannery was President of United Rentals, Inc. since March 8,  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Matt's total compensation ($USD4.48M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.54M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Matt's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Matthew Flannery
President1.17yrsUS$4.48m0.067% $7.2m
Jessica Graziano
Executive VP & CFO1.75yrsUS$1.73m0.012% $1.3m
Dale Asplund
Executive VP & COO1.17yrsUS$2.93m0.019% $2.0m
Craig Pintoff
Executive VP and Chief Administrative & Legal Officer3.33yrsUS$2.27m0.017% $1.8m
Paul McDonnell
Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer12.25yrsUS$2.60m0.015% $1.6m
Andrew Limoges
VP, Controller & Principal Accounting Officer1.75yrsno data0.00088% $94.2k
Daniel Higgins
VP & Chief Information Officer1.5yrsno datano data
William Grace
Vice President of Investor Relations4.25yrsno datano data
Joli Gross
Senior VPno datano datano data
Christopher Hummel
Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer4.33yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: URI's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Matthew Flannery
President1.17yrsUS$4.48m0.067% $7.2m
Gracia Martore
Independent Director3.08yrsUS$252.57kno data
Donald Roof
Independent Director8.25yrsUS$280.07k0.021% $2.2m
Bobby Griffin
Lead Independent Director1.17yrsUS$284.85kno data
Filippo Passerini
Independent Director11.5yrsUS$262.46k0.0076% $815.0k
Michael Kneeland
Non-Executive Chairman1.17yrsUS$7.40m0.17% $18.5m
Terri Kelly
Independent Director2.17yrsUS$252.57kno data
José Alvarez
Independent Director11.5yrsUS$260.07k0.0087% $929.6k
Shiv Singh
Independent Director3.17yrsUS$255.07k0.0017% $181.0k
Marc Bruno
Independent Director2.17yrsUS$252.57kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: URI's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.6 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: URI insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

United Rentals, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: United Rentals, Inc.
  • Ticker: URI
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1997
  • Industry: Trading Companies and Distributors
  • Sector: Capital Goods
  • Market Cap: US$10.710b
  • Shares outstanding: 72.05m
  • Website: https://www.unitedrentals.com

Number of Employees


  • United Rentals, Inc.
  • 100 First Stamford Place
  • Suite 700
  • Stamford
  • Connecticut
  • 6902
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
URINYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDDec 1997
UR3DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURDec 1997
0LIYLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDDec 1997
URI *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNDec 1997
U1RI34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 2 REPR 1 SHS UNSPONBRBRLJan 2020


United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench, Power and Fluid Solutions. The General Rentals segment rents general construction and industrial equipment, including backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts; and general tools and light equipment comprising pressure washers, water pumps, and power tools. It serves construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. The Trench, Power and Fluid Solutions segment rents specialty construction products that include trench safety equipment, which comprise trench shields, aluminum hydraulic shoring systems, slide rails, crossing plates, construction lasers, and line testing equipment for underground work; and power, as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment, including portable diesel generators, electrical distribution equipment, and temperature control equipment. It is also involved in the rental of fluid solutions equipment primarily used for fluid containment, transfer, and treatment. This segment serves construction companies involved in infrastructure projects, and municipalities and industrial companies. The company also sells aerial lifts, reach forklifts, telehandlers, compressors, and generators; construction consumables, tools, small equipment, and safety supplies; and parts for equipment that is owned by its customers, as well as provides repair and maintenance services. It sells its used equipment through its sales force, brokers, and Website, as well as at auctions and directly to manufacturers. As of January 29, 2020, the company operated a network of 1,164 rental locations in North America and 11 in Europe. United Rentals, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/08 23:54
End of Day Share Price2020/07/08 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.