Con-way (NYSE: CNW) and YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ:YRCW) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Con-way and YRC Worldwide’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Con-way N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
YRC Worldwide $4.80 billion 0.09 $254.10 million ($0.02) -672.66

YRC Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than Con-way.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Con-way and YRC Worldwide, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Con-way 0 0 0 0 N/A
YRC Worldwide 0 2 3 0 2.60

YRC Worldwide has a consensus price target of $16.33, indicating a potential upside of 21.35%. Given YRC Worldwide’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe YRC Worldwide is more favorable than Con-way.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.3% of YRC Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of YRC Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Con-way and YRC Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Con-way 3.09% 14.75% 5.26%
YRC Worldwide N/A -0.70% 0.16%

Summary

YRC Worldwide beats Con-way on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Con-way Company Profile

Con-way Inc. (Con-way) provides transportation, logistics and supply-chain management services for a range of manufacturing, industrial and retail customers. The Company’s business units operate in regional, inter-regional and transcontinental less-than-truckload and full-truckload freight transportation, multimodal freight brokerage and trailer manufacturing. The Company operates in three segments: Freight, Logistics and Truckload. The Freight segment consists of the operating results of the Con-way Freight business unit. Con-way Freight is a less-than-truckload motor carrier that utilizes a network of freight service centers to provide day-definite regional, inter-regional and transcontinental less-than-truckload freight services. The Logistics segment consists of the operating results of the Menlo Logistics (Menlo) business unit, which develops contract-logistics solutions. The Truckload segment consists of the operating results of the Con-way Truckload business unit.

YRC Worldwide Company Profile

YRC Worldwide Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers its customers a range of transportation services. The Company operates through two segments: YRC Freight and Regional Transportation. The Company has less-than-truckload (LTL) networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. YRC Freight segment offers a range of services for the transportation of industrial, commercial and retail goods in national, regional and international markets, primarily through the operation of owned or leased equipment in its North American ground distribution network. It provides transportation services for various categories of goods, which include apparel, appliances, automotive parts, chemicals, food, furniture, glass, machinery, metal and metal products. The Company’s Regional Transportation segment consists of USF Holland LLC (Holland), New Penn Motor Express, LLC (New Penn) and USF Reddaway Inc. (Reddaway).

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