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

Profitability

This table compares Swift Transportation and its competitors’ 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 & 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

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 competitors 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 current ratings and price targets for Swift Transportation and its competitors, as provided 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 1284 1783 70 2.53

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus target price of $28.33, indicating a potential downside of 3.92%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.68%. Given Swift Transportation’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and its competitors 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 -5.98

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

Summary

Swift Transportation beats its competitors 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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