These Fundamentals Make Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) Truly Worth Looking At

Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) is a company with exceptional fundamental characteristics. Upon building up an investment case for a stock, we should look at various aspects. In the case of MRTN, it is a company that has been able to sustain great financial health, trading at an attractive share price. In the following section, I expand a bit more on these key aspects. If you’re interested in understanding beyond my broad commentary, read the full report on Marten Transport here.

Flawless balance sheet and good value

MRTN is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This implies that MRTN manages its cash and cost levels well, which is an important determinant of the company’s health. MRTN currently has no debt on its balance sheet. This implies that the company is running its operations purely on off equity funding. which is typically normal for a small-cap company. Investors’ risk associated with debt is virtually non-existent and the company has plenty of headroom to grow debt in the future, should the need arise. MRTN’s share price is trading at below its true value, meaning that the market sentiment for the stock is currently bearish. This mispricing gives investors the opportunity to buy into the stock at a cheap price compared to the value they will be receiving, should analysts’ consensus forecast growth be correct. Compared to the rest of the transportation industry, MRTN is also trading below its peers, relative to earnings generated. This further reaffirms that MRTN is potentially undervalued.

NasdaqGS:MRTN Intrinsic value, March 20th 2019
NasdaqGS:MRTN Intrinsic value, March 20th 2019

Next Steps:

For Marten Transport, there are three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MRTN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MRTN’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has MRTN’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of MRTN? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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