Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) vs. C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) Head to Head Contrast

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Genesee & Wyoming’s top-line 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 1.01 $513.38 million $3.35 28.49
Genesee & Wyoming $2.00 billion 2.54 $141.13 million $2.11 38.66

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.2% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.3% of Genesee & Wyoming shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Genesee & Wyoming shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Genesee & Wyoming, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 2 9 5 0 2.19
Genesee & Wyoming 0 4 4 0 2.50

C.H. Robinson Worldwide currently has a consensus price target of $78.07, indicating a potential downside of 18.19%. Genesee & Wyoming has a consensus price target of $81.25, indicating a potential downside of 0.40%. Given Genesee & Wyoming’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Genesee & Wyoming is more favorable than C.H. Robinson Worldwide.

Profitability

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Genesee & Wyoming’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%
Genesee & Wyoming 6.10% 5.80% 2.45%

Dividends

C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Genesee & Wyoming does not pay a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays out 54.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genesee & Wyoming has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Genesee & Wyoming beats C.H. Robinson Worldwide on 9 of the 17 factors compared between 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.

Genesee & Wyoming Company Profile

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. owns and operates freight railroads across the world. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or leased 122 freight railroads worldwide that are organized in 10 operating regions. The Company operates through three segments, which include North American Operations, Australian Operations and U.K./European Operations. In North America, the Company has operations in eight regions, such as Central, Coastal (which includes industrial switching and port operations), Midwest, Mountain West (which includes industrial switching operations), Northeast, Pacific, Southern and Canada. Outside the United States, the Company has operations in two regions: Australia and the United Kingdom/Europe (which consists of operations in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland, as well as the provision of management and technical support through Freightliner to Saudi Arabia Railway Company).

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