XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) and Quality Distribution (NASDAQ:QLTY) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares XPO Logistics and Quality Distribution’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XPO Logistics 0.76% 5.63% 1.41%
Quality Distribution 0.95% N/A 2.09%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for XPO Logistics and Quality Distribution, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XPO Logistics 0 1 15 0 2.94
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A

XPO Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $62.87, suggesting a potential downside of 2.85%. Given XPO Logistics’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe XPO Logistics is more favorable than Quality Distribution.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares XPO Logistics and Quality Distribution’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
XPO Logistics $14.61 billion 0.49 $1.18 billion $0.84 77.04
Quality Distribution N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

XPO Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than Quality Distribution.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.2% of XPO Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. 17.0% of XPO Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

XPO Logistics beats Quality Distribution on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Quality Distribution

Quality Distribution Inc. is a United States-based provider of bulk transportation and logistics services. The Company also provides transportation and delivery services. The Company offers services, such as chemical bulk transportation, logistics, container and depot, intermodal, leasing and risk services. Its container and depot services for intermodal equipment include repair, maintenance and cleaning, and redistribution. Its intermodal services include tracking solutions, solutions regarding capacity, pre-clearing for shipments moving across borders, and management and control over every shipping segment from departure to delivery. It offers risk management consulting that covers insurance policy reviews, insurance or self-insurance analysis and brokerage relationship studies. It also offers audit services, electronic or on-site. It serves industries, including chemical, unconventional oil and gas, bulk liquid and food grade liquid.

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