Reviewing YRC Worldwide (YRCW) & Con-way (CNW)

YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW) and Con-way (NYSE:CNW) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares YRC Worldwide and Con-way’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YRC Worldwide $4.89 billion 0.07 -$10.80 million ($0.35) -30.03
Con-way N/A N/A N/A $2.34 N/A

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.6% of YRC Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of YRC Worldwide shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for YRC Worldwide and Con-way, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YRC Worldwide 0 2 3 0 2.60
Con-way 0 0 0 0 N/A

YRC Worldwide presently has a consensus target price of $17.75, indicating a potential upside of 68.89%.

Profitability

This table compares YRC Worldwide and Con-way’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YRC Worldwide -0.22% -1.26% 0.30%
Con-way 3.09% 14.75% 5.26%

About YRC Worldwide

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).

About Con-way

Con-way Inc. (Con-way) provides transportation, logistics and supply-chain management services for a range of manufacturing, industrial and retail customers. The Company’s business units operate in regional, inter-regional and transcontinental less-than-truckload and full-truckload freight transportation, multimodal freight brokerage and trailer manufacturing. The Company operates in three segments: Freight, Logistics and Truckload. The Freight segment consists of the operating results of the Con-way Freight business unit. Con-way Freight is a less-than-truckload motor carrier that utilizes a network of freight service centers to provide day-definite regional, inter-regional and transcontinental less-than-truckload freight services. The Logistics segment consists of the operating results of the Menlo Logistics (Menlo) business unit, which develops contract-logistics solutions. The Truckload segment consists of the operating results of the Con-way Truckload business unit.

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