XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is one of 28 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare XPO Logistics to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares XPO Logistics and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
XPO Logistics $14.69 billion $1.20 billion 77.91
XPO Logistics Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -5.60

XPO Logistics has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. XPO Logistics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for XPO Logistics and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XPO Logistics 0 1 16 0 2.94
XPO Logistics Competitors 229 1381 1824 72 2.50

XPO Logistics presently has a consensus target price of $67.71, suggesting a potential downside of 0.10%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.99%. Given XPO Logistics’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe XPO Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

XPO Logistics has a beta of 2.37, meaning that its stock price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XPO Logistics’ competitors have a beta of 1.38, meaning that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares XPO Logistics and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XPO Logistics 0.80% 6.49% 1.67%
XPO Logistics Competitors 10.86% 15.03% 5.33%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.5% of XPO Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.9% of XPO Logistics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by company 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.

Summary

XPO Logistics beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About XPO Logistics

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.

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