Comparing Swift Transportation (SWFT) & The Competition

Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Swift Transportation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

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 $4.01 billion $480.95 million 32.77
Swift Transportation Competitors $5.89 billion $1.72 billion -4.22

Swift Transportation’s peers have higher revenue and 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.

Volatility & Risk

Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s peers have a beta of 1.36, indicating that their average stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 0 6 10 0 2.63
Swift Transportation Competitors 227 1371 1810 72 2.50

Swift Transportation presently has a consensus price target of $28.33, suggesting a potential downside of 3.92%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 16.06%. Given Swift Transportation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.4% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

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 11.42% 16.36% 5.73%

Summary

Swift Transportation beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation Company is a multi-faceted transportation services company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated fleets of truckload equipment in North America from over 40 terminals near key freight centers and traffic lanes. The Company’ segments include Truckload, Dedicated, Swift Refrigerated and Intermodal. The Company’s other segments include its logistics and freight brokerage services, as well as support services that its subsidiaries provide to customers and owner-operators, including repair and maintenance shop services, equipment leasing, and insurance. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 13,937 company tractors and 4,429 owner-operator tractors, as well as 64,066 trailers, and 9,131 intermodal containers. Its suite of service offerings include line-haul services, dedicated customer contracts, temperature-controlled units, intermodal freight solutions, flatbed hauling, freight brokerage and logistics.

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