C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ: CHRW) and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Volatility and Risk

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XPO Logistics has a beta of 2.51, indicating that its stock price is 151% more volatile than the S&P 500.


C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. XPO Logistics does not pay a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays out 53.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for C.H. Robinson Worldwide and XPO Logistics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3 8 5 0 2.13
XPO Logistics 0 1 16 1 3.00

C.H. Robinson Worldwide currently has a consensus price target of $76.67, indicating a potential downside of 11.41%. XPO Logistics has a consensus price target of $77.94, indicating a potential downside of 0.07%. Given XPO Logistics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe XPO Logistics is more favorable than C.H. Robinson Worldwide.


This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and XPO Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3.31% 36.06% 12.17%
XPO Logistics 1.11% 7.01% 1.90%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.7% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.8% 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and XPO Logistics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
C.H. Robinson Worldwide $13.14 billion 0.92 $513.38 million $3.35 25.83
XPO Logistics $14.62 billion 0.64 $69.00 million $1.20 64.99

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has higher earnings, but lower revenue than XPO Logistics. C.H. Robinson Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than XPO Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Company Profile

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. is a provider of transportation services and logistics solutions through a network of offices operating in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America. The Company’s segments include North American Surface Transportation (NAST), Global Forwarding, Robinson Fresh, and All Other and Corporate. The NAST segment provides freight transportation services across North America through a network of offices in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The primary services provided by Global Forwarding segment include ocean freight services, air freight services, and customs brokerage. The Robinson Fresh segment provides sourcing under the trade name Robinson Fresh. The All Other and Corporate segment primarily consists of Managed Services and Other Surface Transportation outside of North America. It develops global transportation and distribution networks to provide transportation and supply chain services throughout the world.

XPO Logistics Company Profile

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.

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