Schneider National (NASDAQ: SNDR) and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings and risk.


Union Pacific Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Schneider National does not pay a dividend. Union Pacific Corporation pays out 43.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Schneider National has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Schneider National and Union Pacific Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Schneider National $4.20 billion 0.94 $544.67 million N/A N/A
Union Pacific Corporation $20.72 billion 4.07 $9.80 billion $5.52 19.08

Union Pacific Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Schneider National.


This table compares Schneider National and Union Pacific Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Schneider National 4.32% 13.37% 5.98%
Union Pacific Corporation 21.79% 22.70% 8.05%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.6% of Union Pacific Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Union Pacific Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Schneider National and Union Pacific Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Schneider National 0 2 7 0 2.78
Union Pacific Corporation 0 9 8 0 2.47

Schneider National currently has a consensus price target of $22.43, suggesting a potential upside of 0.80%. Union Pacific Corporation has a consensus price target of $113.53, suggesting a potential upside of 7.82%. Given Union Pacific Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Union Pacific Corporation is more favorable than Schneider National.


Union Pacific Corporation beats Schneider National on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Union Pacific Corporation

Union Pacific Corporation is a railroad operating company in the United States. The Company operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR). Its business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Its freight traffic consists of bulk, manifest, and premium business. Bulk traffic primarily consists of coal, grain, soda ash, ethanol, rock and crude oil shipped in unit trains-trains transporting a single commodity from one origin to one destination. Manifest traffic includes individual carload or less than train-load business involving commodities, such as lumber, paper, food and chemicals. The transportation of finished vehicles, auto parts, intermodal containers and truck trailers are included as part of its premium business. As of December 31, 2016, its network included 32,070 route miles, linking Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and Eastern United States gateways.

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