Swift Transportation (NYSE: KNX) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Swift Transportation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.5% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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 2.99% 22.23% 5.56%
Swift Transportation Competitors 5.01% 10.49% 5.38%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 1 4 10 0 2.60
Swift Transportation Competitors 89 610 578 25 2.41

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus price target of $39.60, indicating a potential downside of 1.69%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 4.82%. Given Swift Transportation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.97, suggesting that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s peers have a beta of 1.04, suggesting that their average share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $1.11 billion $243.34 million 32.22
Swift Transportation Competitors $1.54 billion $228.59 million 29.90

Swift Transportation’s peers have higher revenue, but lower 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.

Summary

Swift Transportation peers beat Swift Transportation on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Swift Transportation

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation and logistics services, which involve the movement of trailer or container loads of freight from origin to destination for a single customer. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Logistics. Its Trucking segment consists of three operating units: dry van truckload, temperature-controlled truckload and drayage services. The Trucking segment provides truckload transportation, including services of various products, goods and materials. Its Logistics segment consists of two operating units: freight brokerage services and rail intermodal. It provides logistics, freight management and other non-trucking services to its customers, through its Logistics segment. It provides a range of truckload and logistics services through its nationwide network of service centers, truckload tractor fleets and its contractual access to third-party capacity providers. It operates primarily in the United States.

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