Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE: SWFT) and Quality Distribution (NASDAQ:QLTY) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Quality Distribution, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 0 5 9 0 2.64
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $28.45, suggesting a potential downside of 3.51%. Given Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings is more favorable than Quality Distribution.

Profitability

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Quality Distribution’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 2.65% 15.10% 4.04%
Quality Distribution 0.95% N/A 2.09%

Volatility and Risk

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quality Distribution has a beta of 2.83, meaning that its share price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Quality Distribution’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.90 32.77
Quality Distribution N/A N/A N/A $0.38 42.05

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Quality Distribution, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings beats Quality Distribution on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 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.

Quality Distribution Company Profile

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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