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

Profitability

This table compares Swift Transportation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Swift Transportation 2.65% 15.10% 4.04%
Swift Transportation Competitors 10.86% 15.03% 5.33%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s rivals have a beta of 1.38, indicating that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Swift Transportation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 0 6 10 0 2.63
Swift Transportation Competitors 180 1283 1781 70 2.53

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus price target of $28.33, indicating a potential downside of 3.92%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.60%. Given Swift Transportation’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $4.01 billion $480.95 million 32.77
Swift Transportation Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -6.63

Swift Transportation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Swift Transportation. Swift Transportation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Swift Transportation beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Swift Transportation

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., formerly Swift Transportation Company, provides truckload services in North America. The Company also provides rail intermodal and non-asset based freight brokerage and logistics management services. The Company provides its services across United States, Mexico and Canada using its dry van, refrigerated, flatbed and specialized trailers, and intermodal containers. As of September 10, 2017, the Company had a fleet of approximately 23,000 tractors and 77,000 trailers. It operates through its Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, and Barr-Nunn branded subsidiaries.

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