ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) and C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ArcBest Corporation and C.H. Robinson Worldwide’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ArcBest Corporation $2.77 billion 0.31 $146.83 million $0.86 39.36
C.H. Robinson Worldwide $13.90 billion 0.77 $848.19 million $3.40 22.38

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than ArcBest Corporation. C.H. Robinson Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ArcBest Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares ArcBest Corporation and C.H. Robinson Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ArcBest Corporation 0.83% 4.92% 2.26%
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3.49% 37.41% 12.84%

Volatility & Risk

ArcBest Corporation has a beta of 1.77, meaning that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, C.H. Robinson Worldwide has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for ArcBest Corporation and C.H. Robinson Worldwide, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ArcBest Corporation 0 5 1 0 2.17
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3 6 4 0 2.08

ArcBest Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $28.75, suggesting a potential downside of 15.07%. C.H. Robinson Worldwide has a consensus price target of $71.46, suggesting a potential downside of 6.10%. Given C.H. Robinson Worldwide’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe C.H. Robinson Worldwide is more favorable than ArcBest Corporation.

Dividends

ArcBest Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. ArcBest Corporation pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays out 52.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. ArcBest Corporation has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.9% of ArcBest Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.1% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of ArcBest Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

C.H. Robinson Worldwide beats ArcBest Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

ArcBest Corporation Company Profile

ArcBest Corporation is a holding company of businesses providing integrated logistics solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Asset-Based, which consists of ABF Freight System, Inc. and other subsidiaries; ArcBest, which represents the consolidation of the operations of the Premium Logistics, Transportation Management and Household Goods Moving Services segments, and FleetNet, which includes the results of operations of FleetNet America, Inc. (FleetNet). Its Asset-Based operations offer transportation of general commodities through standard, time-critical, expedited and guaranteed LTL services-nationally and regionally. Its ArcBest segment includes truckload, expedite, international, warehousing, freight transportation, management services and moving services. Its FleetNet segment provides roadside assistance and maintenance management services for commercial vehicles to customers in the United States and Canada through a network of third-party service providers.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Company Profile

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. is a provider of transportation services and logistics solutions through a network of offices operating in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America. The Company’s segments include North American Surface Transportation (NAST), Global Forwarding, Robinson Fresh, and All Other and Corporate. The NAST segment provides freight transportation services across North America through a network of offices in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The primary services provided by Global Forwarding segment include ocean freight services, air freight services, and customs brokerage. The Robinson Fresh segment provides sourcing under the trade name Robinson Fresh. The All Other and Corporate segment primarily consists of Managed Services and Other Surface Transportation outside of North America. It develops global transportation and distribution networks to provide transportation and supply chain services throughout the world.

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