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AMERCO NasdaqGS:UHAL Stock Report

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11 Aug, 2022


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UHAL fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth0/6
Past Performance3/6
Financial Health5/6

UHAL Stock Overview

AMERCO operates as a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator for household and commercial goods in the United States and Canada.

AMERCO Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for AMERCO
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$563.10
52 Week HighUS$769.90
52 Week LowUS$447.92
1 Month Change20.88%
3 Month Change6.17%
1 Year Change-14.03%
3 Year Change62.14%
5 Year Change56.94%
Change since IPO3,140.86%

Recent News & Updates

Aug 09
Does AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Does AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to...

Jul 27

East 72 Holdings - Amerco: Opacity Creates Significant Opportunity

Amerco's enterprise value, with an adjusted $3.4 billion in net debt, is a very low $12.7 billion. We see Amerco as being able to post significant growth over the next 3-5 years. We believe investing in UHAL represents ownership of an entity with near monopoly attributes in one-way DIY moving. The following segment was excerpted from this fund letter. Amerco (UHAL) is the fourth largest self-storage unit owner in the US, with ownership of just over 50 million square feet (4.65 million m2) of these properties, along with management of a further 23 million square feet. That's a pretty robust starting asset, but when you combine it with a fleet of 186,000 trucks, 128,000 trailers and 46,000 towing devices under the "U-Haul" banner, you have an astonishing integrated, moated moving and storage business across the USA. U-Haul has a storied history[1] having been established as a "one-way" rental company in 1945, and now having 23,000 locations across North America - 2,100 company owned and 21,100 independent franchise dealers. The company has a near monopoly in DIY inter-city moves having 10 times the number of locations as its nearest competitor Penske (PAG). Whilst Penske employs a fleet 52% the size of U-Haul, a likely significant (yet undisclosed) portion of the Penske fleet is made of commercial rental vehicles (refrigerated units, semi-trailers etc.). Next largest is Avis Budget (CAR) who have a truck rental fleet a little under 6% of that of U-Haul. Amerco is controlled by the Shoen family - Chairman Joe and family control 42.7% of the small float of only 19.6 million shares; at $478 a share, the equity pricing of the company is just under $9.4 billion. With an adjusted $3.4 billion in net debt, enterprise value is a very low $12.7 billion. We can compare UHAL's in-situ storage portfolio, which it has grown from around 15 million ft2 in nine years with five publicly listed large-scale peer REIT's. We acknowledge this is a theoretical exercise in splitting the "real assets" (storage) from "the business" (trucks) since the Shoen's are highly unlikely to ever securitise the properties because of the massive competitive advantage brought about by the combination. But it's an exercise worth doing to get to the bottom of the magnitude of undervaluation UHAL stock. By comparison with UHAL, REIT's have an obvious tax advantage, but also benefit in investors' eyes from transparency - if we ignore the fact that some have equity in highly geared unconsolidated JV's or have management income streams, or significant minority ownerships in sub-trusts. These minority interests are especially difficult to cater for. We have made an attempt to deal with these inconveniences for the peers but must concede that our math has more than the usual caveats. As a guide, the "average" facility in America has around 72,000 - 77,000 ft2 of available space at ~110ft2 per unit renting out at ~$18.75 per ft2pa. Valuations vary widely for obvious reasons. The table below shows the four largest public storage REITs by area, the smallest of which is a smaller size than Amerco, are valued by the equity market at an equivalent EV/ft2 of $273, which would value UHAL's owned portfolio at $13.6 billion, against a current company EV of $12.7 billion. The comparison becomes even more ludicrous when including managed properties. Even the second-lowest[2] rated of the five REIT peers (LSI: $153.64 psf) suggests the owned Amerco portfolio to be worth $7.7 billion on a standalone basis, leaving $4.9 billion of attributable value for the UHAL and insurance businesses. Millions/$mn Cube Smart Extra Space Life Storage National Storage Public Storage Aggregate Ticker CUBE EXR LSI NSA PSA Issued shares 224.4 134.3 84.3 91.5 175.2 Price (30 Jun 22) $42.72 $170.12 $111.66 $50.07 $312.67 Equity Capn. 9,586 22,839 9,414 4,577 54,770 101,186 Net debt/prefs 3,348 5,198 3,092 3,193 11,791 26,622 Assessed other assets (117) (500)† (215) (184) (2,569)†† (3,585) Enterprise value 12,817 27,537 12,291 7,586 63,992 124,223 Owned ft2 (million) 43.6 76 80 56 199 455 EV/ft2 $293.97 $360.55 $153.64 $136.19 $321.56 $273 Managed ft2 (million) 6.5 88 95 Owned & managed ft2 50.1 164 80 56 199 550 Adj. EV O&M 12,817 28,037 124,723 Adj EV/O&M ft2 $255.82 $170.00 $227 † management company valuation †† includes publicly listed stocks PBS and SHUR.BR Amerco owns two insurance businesses - a property casualty insurer (Repwest) which mainly does claims management for the U-Haul portfolio of vehicles and a life company, Oxford and its various subsidiaries. Both businesses are profitable and have combined equity bases of $736 million - not inconsequential. Over the past two years, the two companies combined have recorded average per annum pre-tax profits of $62 million. Based on Deloitte analysis[3], the typical global life company has transacted in a willing buyer- seller deal at 1.15x BV in the past year; the equivalent in the P/C business has been a slightly higher 1.2x. As a consequence, this suggests the Amerco businesses might be worth a combined $860 million, equivalent to 13.9x average pre-tax earnings in 2021 and 2022. The key piece of opacity within Amerco which mitigates against transparent analysis is the binding together in the segmental accounts of "moving and storage"; in other words, the self-storage rental returns - which we are valuing above on an asset basis - are not broken out from the truck and trailer rentals. Hence, the analysis which follows is our own work and not cross-checked with the company to establish what we believe the pure vehicle, trailer rental and parts sales might be valued at by the equity market. With that warning, the good news is that there is respectable consistency across the five large listed REIT peers in respect of costs and revenues per square foot. The good news is that Amerco does disclose REVENUES from self-storage - which have compounded at just under 17% per annum over the past nine years, as the portfolio has continued to grow and occupancy has improved. As an estimate, based on the cost structure of the peers, but where we expect Amerco to operate at a more parsimonious level; we believe operating cost of about $5 psf pa to be a reasonable and possibly conservative estimate. Self-storage revenues only ($ million) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 153 182 211 248 287 324 367 419 477 617 On that basis, across the owned portfolio, this would imply operating profit of ~$380 million in the year to 31 March 2022 from self-storage ownership on revenues of $617 million. Hence, our portfolio estimate valuation of $7.7 billion represents an earnings yield of ~4.95%, on an asset which management in its latest earnings call notes is "continuing to fill at historically high rates". It explains why Amerco is not retiring equity despite the apparent discount to value (below). They see further opportunities in the ownership component of the business given demographic change in the US, and shortage of available sites - for others - as well as zoning difficulties in urban environments. With the self-storage "property" revenues backed out of the segmentals for "moving and storage", we can hazard an estimate of the profitability of "moving", encompassing vehicle and trailer rentals. Based on the UHAL segmental profit analysis (reproduced below), this would suggest the remaining "moving and storage" operations to have burgeoned in the past two years with an operating profit of $1.68 billion EBITDA in 2022, up from an estimated $1.25 billion in 2021 - excluding profits on vehicle sales. Why so strong? UHAL have been slowly expanding the truck fleet, adding 10,000 trucks between March 2020 and 2022; however, the key driver has been the average revenue per truck per annum, which has bounced from $15,700 in the 2020 year via $17,520 in 2021 to a hefty $21,872 in the latest year. That's inflation for you! 18% compound growth in revenue per truck for the two years. We are unsure how sustainable this growth over the past two years will prove to be, but managements insights from the latest earnings call is encouraging with their assessment that: "About half of the increase was coming from transactions and the other half was split between the number of miles driven by our customers and the rate that we were charging per mile."

Jul 25
AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) Takes On Some Risk With Its Use Of Debt

AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) Takes On Some Risk With Its Use Of Debt

Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility...

Jul 20

U-Haul acquires land in Daphne for new self-storage facility

U-Haul, owned by DIY moving and storage operator Amerco (NASDAQ:UHAL), has acquired a 4.12 acres land in Daphne to establish a new retail, moving and self-storage facility. Scheduled for completion in 2024, U-Haul Moving & Storage of Daphne will include a three-story building encompassing at least 700 indoor, ADA-accessible self-storage units with climate-control options and high-tech security features at affordable price points. A separate warehouse for U-Box portable storage containers is also in the pipeline. The facility will feature a retail showroom and offer essential mobility services. At least 12 team members will be hired to staff the new store.

Shareholder Returns

UHALUS TransportationUS Market

Return vs Industry: UHAL exceeded the US Transportation industry which returned -15.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: UHAL underperformed the US Market which returned -11.6% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is UHAL's price volatile compared to industry and market?
UHAL volatility
UHAL Average Weekly Movement4.1%
Transportation Industry Average Movement8.7%
Market Average Movement7.8%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market16.9%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market3.2%

Stable Share Price: UHAL is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: UHAL's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

194525,234Joe Shoen

AMERCO operates as a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator for household and commercial goods in the United States and Canada. The company’s Moving and Storage segment rents trucks, trailers, portable moving and storage units, specialty rental items, and self-storage spaces primarily to the household movers; and sells moving supplies, towing accessories, and propane. It also provides, an online marketplace that connects consumers to independent Moving Help service providers and independent self-storage affiliates; auto transport and tow dolly options to transport vehicles; and specialty boxes for dishes, computers, flat screen television, and sensitive electronic equipment, as well as tapes, security locks, and packing supplies.

AMERCO Fundamentals Summary

How do AMERCO's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
UHAL fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$11.04b
Earnings (TTM)US$1.11b
Revenue (TTM)US$5.86b


P/E Ratio


P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
UHAL income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$3.47b
Gross ProfitUS$2.12b
Other ExpensesUS$1.01b

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 30, 2022

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)56.72
Gross Margin36.14%
Net Profit Margin18.96%
Debt/Equity Ratio80.2%

How did UHAL perform over the long term?

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Current Dividend Yield


Payout Ratio
We’ve recently updated our valuation analysis.


Is UHAL undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?

Valuation Score


Valuation Score 2/6

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Peers

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Industry

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio

  • Below Fair Value

  • Significantly Below Fair Value

  • Analyst Forecast

Key Valuation Metric

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UHAL key valuation metrics and ratios. From Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Book to Price to Earnings Growth Ratio, Enterprise Value and EBITDA.
Key Statistics
Enterprise Value/Revenue2.4x
Enterprise Value/EBITDA6x
PEG Ration/a

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers

How does UHAL's PE Ratio compare to its peers?

UHAL PE Ratio vs Peers
The above table shows the PE ratio for UHAL vs its peers. Here we also display the market cap and forecasted growth for additional consideration.
CompanyPEEstimated GrowthMarket Cap
Peer Average13.7x
KNX Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings
CAR Avis Budget Group
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services

Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: UHAL is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (9.9x) compared to the peer average (13.7x).

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry

How does UHAL's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the US Transportation Industry?

Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: UHAL is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (9.9x) compared to the US Transportation industry average (9.9x)

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio

What is UHAL's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.

UHAL PE Ratio vs Fair Ratio.
Fair Ratio
Current PE Ratio9.9x
Fair PE Ration/a

Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate UHAL's Price-To-Earnings Fair Ratio for valuation analysis.

Share Price vs Fair Value

What is the Fair Price of UHAL when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.

Below Fair Value: UHAL ($563.1) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($32.15)

Significantly Below Fair Value: UHAL is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Analyst Price Targets

What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?

Analyst Forecast: Insufficient data to show price forecast.

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Future Growth

How is AMERCO forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?

Future Growth Score


Future Growth Score 0/6

  • Earnings vs Savings Rate

  • Earnings vs Market

  • High Growth Earnings

  • Revenue vs Market

  • High Growth Revenue

  • Future ROE


Forecasted Transportation industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as AMERCO has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

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  • Examine AMERCO's financial health to determine how well-positioned it is against times of financial stress by looking at its level of debt over time and how much cash it has left.

Past Performance

How has AMERCO performed over the past 5 years?

Past Performance Score


Past Performance Score 3/6

  • Quality Earnings

  • Growing Profit Margin

  • Earnings Trend

  • Accelerating Growth

  • Earnings vs Industry

  • High ROE


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: UHAL has a high level of non-cash earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: UHAL's current net profit margins (19%) are higher than last year (17.3%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: UHAL's earnings have grown by 15.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: UHAL's earnings growth over the past year (28.1%) exceeds its 5-year average (15.8% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: UHAL earnings growth over the past year (28.1%) underperformed the Transportation industry 62.5%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: UHAL's Return on Equity (18.3%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is AMERCO's financial position?

Financial Health Score


Financial Health Score 5/6

  • Short Term Liabilities

  • Long Term Liabilities

  • Debt Level

  • Reducing Debt

  • Debt Coverage

  • Interest Coverage

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: UHAL's short term assets ($3.9B) exceed its short term liabilities ($1.2B).

Long Term Liabilities: UHAL's short term assets ($3.9B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($10.5B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: UHAL's net debt to equity ratio (28.6%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: UHAL's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 89.7% to 80.2% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: UHAL's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (37%).

Interest Coverage: UHAL's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (9.2x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is AMERCO current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Score


Dividend Score 0/6

  • Notable Dividend

  • High Dividend

  • Stable Dividend

  • Growing Dividend

  • Earnings Coverage

  • Cash Flow Coverage


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: UHAL's dividend (0.27%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.5%).

High Dividend: UHAL's dividend (0.27%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.05%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: UHAL is not paying a notable dividend for the US market, therefore no need to check if payments are stable.

Growing Dividend: UHAL is not paying a notable dividend for the US market, therefore no need to check if payments are increasing.

Earnings Payout to Shareholders

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

Cash Payout to Shareholders

Cash Flow Coverage: UHAL is paying a dividend but the company has no free cash flows.

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


Average management tenure


Joe Shoen (73 yo)





Mr. Edward Joseph Shoen, also known as Joe, has been the President of AMERCO since 1987 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shoen has been the Chairman of AMERCO since 1986 and serves as its Dir...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Joe's total compensation ($USD1.01M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD12.88M).

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

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: UHAL's management team is seasoned and experienced (13.2 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: UHAL's board of directors are considered experienced (6.7 years average tenure).


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

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: UHAL insiders have bought more shares than they have sold 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

AMERCO's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: AMERCO
  • Ticker: UHAL
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1945
  • Industry: Trucking
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Implied Market Cap: US$11.041b
  • Shares outstanding: 19.61m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • 5555 Kietzke Lane
  • Suite 100
  • Reno
  • Nevada
  • 89511
  • United States


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/08/11 00:00
End of Day Share Price2022/08/11 00:00
Annual Earnings2022/03/31

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.