Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ: FWRD) and XPO Intermodal (NASDAQ:PACR) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Forward Air Corporation and XPO Intermodal’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forward Air Corporation $1.03 billion 1.56 $144.42 million $1.92 27.65
XPO Intermodal N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Forward Air Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than XPO Intermodal.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.2% of Forward Air Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Forward Air Corporation 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 breakdown of recent ratings for Forward Air Corporation and XPO Intermodal, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forward Air Corporation 0 5 0 0 2.00
XPO Intermodal 0 0 0 0 N/A

Forward Air Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $49.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.70%. Given Forward Air Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Forward Air Corporation is more favorable than XPO Intermodal.

Profitability

This table compares Forward Air Corporation and XPO Intermodal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forward Air Corporation 5.68% 13.31% 10.40%
XPO Intermodal N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Forward Air Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. XPO Intermodal does not pay a dividend. Forward Air Corporation pays out 31.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Forward Air Corporation beats XPO Intermodal on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Forward Air Corporation

Forward Air Corporation is a freight and logistics company. The Company provides less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload, intermodal and pool distribution services across the United States and in Canada. The Company’s segments include Expedited LTL, Truckload Premium Services (TLS), Intermodal and Pool Distribution. Expedited LTL segment provides expedited regional, inter-regional and national LTL services. TLS segment is a provider of transportation management services, including, but not limited to, expedited truckload brokerage, fleet services, as well as security and temperature-controlled logistics services in the United States and Canada. Intermodal offers first- and last-mile transportation of freight both to and from seaports and railheads through fleet and third party transportation providers. Pool distribution involves managing high-frequency handling and distribution of time-sensitive product to numerous destinations in specific geographic regions.

About XPO Intermodal

Pacer International Inc. (Pacer) is a asset-light transportation and global logistics service provider. The Company provides its transportation services from two operating segments: intermodal and logistics. Intermodal provides intermodal transportation services (the movement of freight through trailer or container using two or more modes of transportation, which include rail and truck segments) principally to beneficial cargo owners (end-user customers), transportation intermediaries and steamship lines who use intermodal transportation. Logistics segment provides highway brokerage, supply chain management services, international freight forwarding, ocean shipping, and warehousing and distribution services to a variety of end-user customers. In April 2014, XPO Logistics Inc acquired the entire share capital of Pacer International Inc. In April 2014, it acquired Pacer International Inc.

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