Analyzing Swift Transportation (KNX) & Its Peers

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

Volatility & Risk

Swift Transportation has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Swift Transportation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 1 3 10 0 2.64
Swift Transportation Competitors 92 619 579 25 2.41

Swift Transportation presently has a consensus target price of $40.14, indicating a potential downside of 2.61%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 4.24%. Given Swift Transportation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $4.03 billion $149.26 million 42.49
Swift Transportation Competitors $1.95 billion $105.60 million 35.58

Swift Transportation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. 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.

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 4.92% 10.34% 5.32%

Summary

Swift Transportation peers beat Swift Transportation on 7 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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