Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Expectations For Arkansas Best May Be Higher Than They Seem

National less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking company Arkansas Best (ABFS) has been one of the best turnaround stories of 2013, as a new Teamsters agreement with meaningful cost concessions gives the company a real chance to repair one of the worst cost structures in the industry. With that, the shares have rocketed up more than 200% this year, and 300% from the 52-week low.

Even with that major leap, it would seem that the company is not getting all its due. The shares trade at about 4.6x the current average EBITDA estimate for 2014, against a long-term average of about 4.5x and industry averages that often run in the 6x to 8x range. On the other hand, Arkansas Best could still be...

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