Head to Head Contrast: Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) (VTNC) and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (SWFT)

Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: VTNC) and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE:SWFT) are both companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its stock price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a beta of 1.96, suggesting that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) N/A N/A N/A
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 2.65% 15.10% 4.04%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) 0 0 0 0 N/A
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 0 5 9 0 2.64

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a consensus price target of $28.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.36%. Given Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings is more favorable than Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA).

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) N/A N/A N/A ($1.87) -3.47
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.79 37.33

Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings beats Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) Company Profile

Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Company Profile

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., formerly Swift Transportation Company, provides truckload services in North America. The Company also provides rail intermodal and non-asset based freight brokerage and logistics management services. The Company provides its services across United States, Mexico and Canada using its dry van, refrigerated, flatbed and specialized trailers, and intermodal containers. As of September 10, 2017, the Company had a fleet of approximately 23,000 tractors and 77,000 trailers. It operates through its Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, and Barr-Nunn branded subsidiaries.

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