Swift Transportation (KNX) and Its Rivals Critical Contrast

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.9% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Swift Transportation has a beta of 2.07, suggesting that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s competitors have a beta of 1.09, suggesting that their average stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 9.84% 10.18% 5.24%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Swift Transportation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $4.03 billion $149.26 million 44.30
Swift Transportation Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 34.24

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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Swift Transportation and its competitors, as provided 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 92 623 583 25 2.41

Swift Transportation presently has a consensus price target of $40.50, indicating a potential upside of 1.45%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 2.48%. Given Swift Transportation’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

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

Swift Transportation Company Profile

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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