XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE:SWFT) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.
This is a summary of current recommendations for XPO Logistics and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings||0||5||9||0||2.64|
Risk & Volatility
XPO Logistics has a beta of 2.47, meaning that its share price is 147% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares XPO Logistics and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|XPO Logistics||$14.62 billion||0.63||$69.00 million||$1.20||63.88|
|Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0.79||37.33|
XPO Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings. Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than XPO Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares XPO Logistics and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings||2.65%||15.10%||4.04%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
94.6% of XPO Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 16.9% of XPO Logistics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 44.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are held by 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.
XPO Logistics beats Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
XPO Logistics Company Profile
XPO Logistics, Inc. is a global provider of supply chain solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Transportation and Logistics. The Transportation segment provides freight brokerage, last mile, less-than-truckload (LTL), full truckload and global forwarding services. The Logistics segment provides a range of contract logistics services, including highly engineered and customized solutions, value-added warehousing and distribution, cold chain solutions and other inventory solutions. Its freight brokerage operations encompass truck brokerage globally, as well as intermodal, drayage and expedite services in North America. In Logistics segment, it provides warehousing and distribution solutions, such as factory support, aftermarket support, integrated manufacturing, packaging, labeling and transportation. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had more than 10,000 independent owner operators under contract to provide drayage, expedite, last mile and LTL services to its customers.
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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