Head-To-Head Survey: Swift Transportation (KNX) vs. Its Competitors

Swift Transportation (NYSE: KNX) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Swift Transportation to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

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 2.44% 7.48% 3.31%
Swift Transportation Competitors 9.39% 9.52% 4.96%

Risk and Volatility

Swift Transportation has a beta of 2.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s competitors have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.9% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $4.03 billion $149.26 million 43.21
Swift Transportation Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 32.92

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Swift Transportation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 1 4 11 0 2.63
Swift Transportation Competitors 92 622 583 25 2.41

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus target price of $40.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.01%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 6.38%. 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

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation and logistics services, which involve the movement of trailer or container loads of freight from origin to destination for a single customer. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Logistics. Its Trucking segment consists of three operating units: dry van truckload, temperature-controlled truckload and drayage services. The Trucking segment provides truckload transportation, including services of various products, goods and materials. Its Logistics segment consists of two operating units: freight brokerage services and rail intermodal. It provides logistics, freight management and other non-trucking services to its customers, through its Logistics segment. It provides a range of truckload and logistics services through its nationwide network of service centers, truckload tractor fleets and its contractual access to third-party capacity providers. It operates primarily in the United States.

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