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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Schneider National, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3 8 5 0 2.13
Schneider National 0 3 8 0 2.73

C.H. Robinson Worldwide currently has a consensus price target of $76.67, suggesting a potential downside of 11.07%. Schneider National has a consensus price target of $24.50, suggesting a potential downside of 10.65%. Given Schneider National’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Schneider National is more favorable than C.H. Robinson Worldwide.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Schneider National’s gross revenue, earnings per share 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 25.73
Schneider National $4.05 billion 1.20 $156.85 million N/A N/A

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than Schneider National.

Dividends

C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Schneider National pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. 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. C.H. Robinson Worldwide is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Schneider National’s 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%
Schneider National 3.61% 10.79% 4.79%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.7% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.5% of Schneider National shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

C.H. Robinson Worldwide beats Schneider National on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide

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.

About Schneider National

Schneider National, Inc. is a provider of transportation, logistics and related services. The Company’s transportation solutions include one-way, intermodal, dedicated, bulk, transport management, trans loading services, international services and Schneider payment services. Its supply chain management and consulting services include logistics solution design, global supply chain services, enterprise and market entry assistance, and sourcing and compliance. Schneider Logistics is the subsidiary of the Company, which provides supply chain management technology, managed services, engineering services and freight payment. The Company operates approximately 10,000 tractors, around 28,800 trailers and around 14,300 containers. It has operations in around 36 locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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