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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ArcBest 0.88% 5.34% 2.47%
XPO Intermodal N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ArcBest and XPO Intermodal’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ArcBest $2.70 billion 0.35 $18.65 million $0.93 39.84
XPO Intermodal N/A N/A N/A $0.23 N/A

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for ArcBest and XPO Intermodal, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ArcBest 1 5 0 0 1.83
XPO Intermodal 0 0 0 0 N/A

ArcBest presently has a consensus target price of $30.67, indicating a potential downside of 17.23%.

Dividends

ArcBest pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. XPO Intermodal does not pay a dividend. ArcBest pays out 34.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.5% of ArcBest shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of ArcBest shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ArcBest beats XPO Intermodal on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ArcBest

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.

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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