Financial Review: Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (SWFT) vs. Its Peers

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE: SWFT) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 1.38, meaning that their average share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 0 5 9 0 2.64
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Competitors 186 1313 1819 71 2.52

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $28.45, indicating a potential downside of 3.51%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.30%. Given Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings $4.01 billion $480.95 million 32.77
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -5.37

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings. Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies 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.

Profitability

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and its competitors’ 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%
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Competitors 10.94% 14.89% 5.30%

Summary

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Company Profile

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.

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