Reviewing Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (SWFT) and Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) (VTNC)

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE: SWFT) and Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:VTNC) are both ground freight & logistics – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA), 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
Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $28.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.36%. Given Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings is more favorable than Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA).

Risk & Volatility

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) has a beta of 2.37, meaning that its stock price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) N/A N/A N/A ($1.87) -3.47

Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) 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.

Profitability

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings and Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA)’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%
Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings shares are owned by company 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.

Summary

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings beats Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Vitran Corporation, Inc. (USA) Company Profile

Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.

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