Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) and Schneider National (NASDAQ:SNDR) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.


Canadian Pacific Railway Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.67 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Schneider National does not pay a dividend. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited pays out 19.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.9% of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Schneider National, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited 0 3 19 0 2.86
Schneider National 0 2 7 0 2.78

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited currently has a consensus price target of $187.72, suggesting a potential upside of 20.11%. Schneider National has a consensus price target of $22.43, suggesting a potential downside of 1.97%. Given Canadian Pacific Railway Limited’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Canadian Pacific Railway Limited is more favorable than Schneider National.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Schneider National’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited $5.08 billion 4.49 $2.61 billion $8.40 18.61
Schneider National $4.20 billion 0.96 $544.67 million N/A N/A

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Schneider National.


This table compares Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Schneider National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited 25.49% 33.06% 8.38%
Schneider National 4.32% 13.37% 5.98%


Canadian Pacific Railway Limited beats Schneider National on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a transcontinental freight railway in Canada and the United States. The Company operates through rail transportation segment. The Company’s transports bulk commodities, merchandise freight, and intermodal traffic over a network of approximately 12,400 miles. Its railway feeds directly into the United States heartland from the east and west coasts. Its Bulk commodities include grain, coal, potash, fertilizers and sulfur. Its Merchandise freight consists of finished vehicles and machinery, as well as forest and industrial and consumer products. Its Intermodal traffic consists of retail goods in overseas containers that can be transported by train, ship and truck and in domestic containers and trailers that can be moved by train and truck. Its subsidiaries include Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Soo Line Railroad Company, Delaware and Hudson Railway Company, Inc. and Mount Stephen Properties Inc.

About Schneider National

Schneider National, Inc. is a provider of transportation, logistics and related services. The Company’s transportation solutions include one-way, intermodal, dedicated, bulk, transport management, trans loading services, international services and Schneider payment services. Its supply chain management and consulting services include logistics solution design, global supply chain services, enterprise and market entry assistance, and sourcing and compliance. Schneider Logistics is the subsidiary of the Company, which provides supply chain management technology, managed services, engineering services and freight payment. The Company operates approximately 10,000 tractors, around 28,800 trailers and around 14,300 containers. It has operations in around 36 locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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