Swift Transportation (KNX) versus Its Peers Financial Analysis

Swift Transportation (NYSE: KNX) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Swift Transportation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Swift Transportation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Swift Transportation 2.99% 22.23% 5.56%
Swift Transportation Competitors 4.94% 10.26% 5.31%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $1.11 billion $243.34 million 32.79
Swift Transportation Competitors $1.54 billion $228.59 million 30.21

Swift Transportation’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Swift Transportation. Swift Transportation 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.97, indicating that its stock price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s peers have a beta of 1.03, indicating that their average stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Swift Transportation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 1 4 10 0 2.60
Swift Transportation Competitors 90 618 579 25 2.41

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus target price of $39.60, indicating a potential downside of 3.39%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 4.76%. Given Swift Transportation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Swift Transportation beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Swift Transportation Company Profile

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation and logistics services, which involve the movement of trailer or container loads of freight from origin to destination for a single customer. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Logistics. Its Trucking segment consists of three operating units: dry van truckload, temperature-controlled truckload and drayage services. The Trucking segment provides truckload transportation, including services of various products, goods and materials. Its Logistics segment consists of two operating units: freight brokerage services and rail intermodal. It provides logistics, freight management and other non-trucking services to its customers, through its Logistics segment. It provides a range of truckload and logistics services through its nationwide network of service centers, truckload tractor fleets and its contractual access to third-party capacity providers. It operates primarily in the United States.

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