Covenant Transportation Group (NASDAQ: CVTI) and Con-way (NYSE:CNW) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Covenant Transportation Group and Con-way, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Covenant Transportation Group 0 3 1 0 2.25
Con-way 0 0 0 0 N/A

Covenant Transportation Group presently has a consensus target price of $23.50, suggesting a potential downside of 18.60%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Covenant Transportation Group and Con-way’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Covenant Transportation Group $670.65 million 0.79 $16.83 million $0.69 41.84
Con-way N/A N/A N/A $2.34 N/A

Covenant Transportation Group has higher revenue and earnings than Con-way. Con-way is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Covenant Transportation Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.3% of Covenant Transportation Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 35.2% of Covenant Transportation Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Covenant Transportation Group and Con-way’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Covenant Transportation Group 1.82% 5.30% 2.02%
Con-way 3.09% 14.75% 5.26%

Covenant Transportation Group Company Profile

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. is a provider of expedited long haul freight transportation, primarily using two-person driver teams in transcontinental lanes. The Company’s services also include refrigerated, dedicated, cross-border, regional and brokerage. The Company’s segments include Truckload and Other. The Truckload segment includes the operations of Covenant Transport, Inc. (Covenant Transport), its flagship operation, which provides expedited long haul, dedicated, temperature-controlled and regional solo-driver service; Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc. (SRT), which provides primarily long haul, regional, dedicated and intermodal temperature-controlled service, and Star Transportation, Inc. (Star), which provides regional solo-driver and dedicated services, primarily in the southeastern United States. The Company provides truckload transportation services throughout the continental United States, into and out of Mexico, and into and out of portions of Canada.

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.

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