Head to Head Analysis: UTi Worldwide (UTIW) vs. Forward Air (FWRD)

UTi Worldwide (NASDAQ: UTIW) and Forward Air (NASDAQ:FWRD) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for UTi Worldwide and Forward Air, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UTi Worldwide 0 0 0 0 N/A
Forward Air 0 5 1 0 2.17

Forward Air has a consensus price target of $47.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.58%. Given Forward Air’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Forward Air is more favorable than UTi Worldwide.

Profitability

This table compares UTi Worldwide and Forward Air’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UTi Worldwide -3.62% -44.47% -7.06%
Forward Air 5.77% 11.33% 8.95%

Dividends

Forward Air pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. UTi Worldwide does not pay a dividend. Forward Air pays out 63.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Forward Air shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Forward Air shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares UTi Worldwide and Forward Air’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UTi Worldwide N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Forward Air $999.96 million 1.59 $141.81 million $0.95 55.33

Forward Air has higher revenue and earnings than UTi Worldwide.

Summary

Forward Air beats UTi Worldwide on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About UTi Worldwide

UTi Worldwide Inc. is a non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company. The Company’s primary services include air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics and truckload brokerage. The Company operates through two segments: Freight Forwarding, and Contract Logistics and Distribution. The Company’s Freight Forwarding segment includes airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage and other related services. The Contract Logistics and Distribution segment includes the Company’s various operations providing contract logistics, distribution and other related services. The Company provides services through a global network of freight forwarding offices, and contract logistics and distribution centers in approximately 60 countries. The Company also provides other supply chain management services, including consulting, the coordination of purchase orders and customized management services.

About Forward Air

Forward Air Corporation is a freight and logistics company. The Company provides less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload, intermodal and pool distribution services across the United States and in Canada. The Company’s segments include Expedited LTL, Truckload Premium Services (TLS), Intermodal and Pool Distribution. Expedited LTL segment provides expedited regional, inter-regional and national LTL services. TLS segment is a provider of transportation management services, including, but not limited to, expedited truckload brokerage, fleet services, as well as security and temperature-controlled logistics services in the United States and Canada. Intermodal offers first- and last-mile transportation of freight both to and from seaports and railheads through fleet and third party transportation providers. Pool distribution involves managing high-frequency handling and distribution of time-sensitive product to numerous destinations in specific geographic regions.

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