Head to Head Comparison: Swift Transportation (SWFT) and its Peers

Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT) is one of 28 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Swift Transportation to similar companies based off the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.4% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $4.01 billion $480.95 million 32.77
Swift Transportation Competitors $5.89 billion $1.72 billion -5.90

Swift Transportation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Swift Transportation. Swift Transportation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Swift Transportation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Swift Transportation 2.99% 22.23% 5.56%
Swift Transportation Competitors 11.42% 16.36% 5.73%

Volatility and Risk

Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s competitors have a beta of 1.36, indicating that their average share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Swift Transportation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 0 6 11 0 2.65
Swift Transportation Competitors 227 1367 1808 71 2.50

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus target price of $27.64, suggesting a potential downside of 6.26%. All “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 15.07%. Given Swift Transportation’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Swift Transportation beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation Company is a multi-faceted transportation services company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated fleets of truckload equipment in North America from over 40 terminals near key freight centers and traffic lanes. The Company’ segments include Truckload, Dedicated, Swift Refrigerated and Intermodal. The Company’s other segments include its logistics and freight brokerage services, as well as support services that its subsidiaries provide to customers and owner-operators, including repair and maintenance shop services, equipment leasing, and insurance. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 13,937 company tractors and 4,429 owner-operator tractors, as well as 64,066 trailers, and 9,131 intermodal containers. Its suite of service offerings include line-haul services, dedicated customer contracts, temperature-controlled units, intermodal freight solutions, flatbed hauling, freight brokerage and logistics.

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