YRC Worldwide (YRCW) & CSX Corporation (CSX) Financial Comparison

YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW) and CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

YRC Worldwide has a beta of 3.73, indicating that its stock price is 273% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSX Corporation has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.


CSX Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. YRC Worldwide does not pay a dividend. CSX Corporation pays out 41.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for YRC Worldwide and CSX Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YRC Worldwide 0 2 3 0 2.60
CSX Corporation 1 6 16 0 2.65

YRC Worldwide presently has a consensus price target of $16.33, indicating a potential upside of 19.75%. CSX Corporation has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.49%. Given YRC Worldwide’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe YRC Worldwide is more favorable than CSX Corporation.


This table compares YRC Worldwide and CSX Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YRC Worldwide N/A -0.70% 0.16%
CSX Corporation 15.45% 17.28% 5.56%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.7% of YRC Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of CSX Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of YRC Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of CSX Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares YRC Worldwide and CSX Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YRC Worldwide $4.80 billion 0.10 $254.10 million ($0.02) -681.66
CSX Corporation $11.58 billion 4.11 $5.18 billion $1.94 27.08

CSX Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than YRC Worldwide. YRC Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CSX Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CSX Corporation beats YRC Worldwide on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

YRC Worldwide Company Profile

YRC Worldwide Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers its customers a range of transportation services. The Company operates through two segments: YRC Freight and Regional Transportation. The Company has less-than-truckload (LTL) networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. YRC Freight segment offers a range of services for the transportation of industrial, commercial and retail goods in national, regional and international markets, primarily through the operation of owned or leased equipment in its North American ground distribution network. It provides transportation services for various categories of goods, which include apparel, appliances, automotive parts, chemicals, food, furniture, glass, machinery, metal and metal products. The Company’s Regional Transportation segment consists of USF Holland LLC (Holland), New Penn Motor Express, LLC (New Penn) and USF Reddaway Inc. (Reddaway).

CSX Corporation Company Profile

CSX Corporation is a transportation company. The Company provides rail-based freight transportation services, including traditional rail service and transport of intermodal containers and trailers, as well as other transportation services, such as rail-to-truck transfers and bulk commodity operations. The Company categorizes its products into three primary lines of business: merchandise, intermodal and coal. The Company’s intermodal business links customers to railroads through trucks and terminals. The Company’s merchandise business consists of shipments in markets, such as agricultural and food products, fertilizers, chemicals, automotive, metals and equipment, minerals and forest products. The Company’s coal business transports domestic coal, coke and iron ore to electricity-generating power plants, steel manufacturers and industrial plants, as well as export coal to deep-water port facilities.

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