Analyzing ZTO Express (Cayman) (ZTO) & Patriot Transportation (PATI)

ZTO Express (Cayman) (NYSE:ZTO) and Patriot Transportation (NASDAQ:PATI) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.4% of ZTO Express (Cayman) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.1% of Patriot Transportation shares are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of Patriot Transportation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ZTO Express (Cayman) and Patriot Transportation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ZTO Express (Cayman) $2.01 billion 4.23 $485.39 million $0.69 24.28
Patriot Transportation $112.17 million 0.62 $1.82 million N/A N/A

ZTO Express (Cayman) has higher revenue and earnings than Patriot Transportation.

Volatility and Risk

ZTO Express (Cayman) has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Patriot Transportation has a beta of -0.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for ZTO Express (Cayman) and Patriot Transportation, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ZTO Express (Cayman) 1 1 1 0 2.00
Patriot Transportation 0 0 0 0 N/A

ZTO Express (Cayman) currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.81%. Given ZTO Express (Cayman)’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ZTO Express (Cayman) is more favorable than Patriot Transportation.


This table compares ZTO Express (Cayman) and Patriot Transportation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ZTO Express (Cayman) 26.08% 15.45% 13.11%
Patriot Transportation 4.14% 8.31% 6.18%


ZTO Express (Cayman) beats Patriot Transportation on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

ZTO Express (Cayman) Company Profile

ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. provides express delivery and other value-added logistics services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers delivery services for e-commerce and traditional merchants, and other express service users. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a fleet of approximately 3,600 self-owned trucks. ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

Patriot Transportation Company Profile

Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc., through its subsidiary Florida Rock & Tank Lines, Inc., engages in the transportation business. The company is involved in hauling petroleum related products, including gas and diesel fuel; and dry bulk commodities, such as cement, lime and various industrial powder products, and liquid chemicals. It primarily serves convenience stores and hypermarket accounts, fuel wholesalers, and oil companies, as well as industrial companies comprising cement and concrete accounts, and product distribution companies. As of September 30, 2017, the company operated a fleet of 451 tractors and 558 tank trailers, and 21 terminals and 7 satellite locations. Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

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