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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and its peers 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 -2.03

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Swift Transportation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 0 5 10 0 2.67
Swift Transportation Competitors 184 1300 1801 71 2.52

Swift Transportation presently has a consensus price target of $28.33, suggesting a potential downside of 3.92%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 10.90%. Given Swift Transportation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Swift Transportation and its peers’ 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%

Volatility and Risk

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

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

Swift Transportation Company Profile

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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