Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE: SWFT) and Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) are both mid-cap ground freight & logistics – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Genesee & Wyoming’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 2.65% 15.10% 4.04%
Genesee & Wyoming 6.10% 5.80% 2.45%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Genesee & Wyoming’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.79 37.33
Genesee & Wyoming $2.00 billion 2.28 $141.13 million $2.11 34.69

Genesee & Wyoming has higher revenue and earnings than Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings. Genesee & Wyoming is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.9% of Genesee & Wyoming shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Genesee & Wyoming shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Genesee & Wyoming, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 0 5 9 0 2.64
Genesee & Wyoming 0 4 3 0 2.43

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $28.45, suggesting a potential downside of 3.51%. Genesee & Wyoming has a consensus price target of $79.50, suggesting a potential upside of 8.61%. Given Genesee & Wyoming’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Genesee & Wyoming is more favorable than Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings.

Risk & Volatility

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genesee & Wyoming has a beta of 1.78, indicating that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings beats Genesee & Wyoming on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., formerly Swift Transportation Company, provides truckload services in North America. The Company also provides rail intermodal and non-asset based freight brokerage and logistics management services. The Company provides its services across United States, Mexico and Canada using its dry van, refrigerated, flatbed and specialized trailers, and intermodal containers. As of September 10, 2017, the Company had a fleet of approximately 23,000 tractors and 77,000 trailers. It operates through its Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, and Barr-Nunn branded subsidiaries.

About Genesee & Wyoming

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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