Reviewing CSX Corporation (CSX) and Its Rivals

CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare CSX Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

CSX Corporation has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSX Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.38, meaning that their average share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.8% of CSX Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of CSX Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CSX Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CSX Corporation $11.55 billion $5.20 billion 28.05
CSX Corporation Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -4.12

CSX Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. CSX Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CSX Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSX Corporation 1 7 17 0 2.64
CSX Corporation Competitors 183 1296 1799 70 2.52

CSX Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $54.41, indicating a potential upside of 1.55%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.56%. Given CSX Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CSX Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares CSX Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSX Corporation 15.46% 16.93% 5.57%
CSX Corporation Competitors 10.86% 15.03% 5.33%

Dividends

CSX Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. CSX Corporation pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 36.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CSX Corporation lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Summary

CSX Corporation beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

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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