Head-To-Head Review: FRP Holdings (FRPH) versus Swift Transportation (KNX)

FRP Holdings (NASDAQ: FRPH) and Swift Transportation (NYSE:KNX) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.5% of FRP Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by institutional investors. 23.3% of FRP Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held 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.

Risk & Volatility

FRP Holdings has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for FRP Holdings and Swift Transportation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FRP Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Swift Transportation 1 4 9 0 2.57

Swift Transportation has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.34%. Given Swift Transportation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Swift Transportation is more favorable than FRP Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares FRP Holdings and Swift Transportation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FRP Holdings 17.90% 3.40% 2.53%
Swift Transportation 2.99% 22.23% 5.56%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FRP Holdings and Swift Transportation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FRP Holdings $32.09 million 14.21 $21.12 million $0.68 67.06
Swift Transportation $1.11 billion 2.83 $243.34 million $1.25 31.13

Swift Transportation has higher revenue and earnings than FRP Holdings. Swift Transportation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FRP Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Swift Transportation beats FRP Holdings on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

FRP Holdings Company Profile

FRP Holdings, Inc. is a holding company engaged in various real estate businesses. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, FRP Maryland, Inc., FRP Development Corp. and Florida Rock Properties, Inc. The segments of the Company include leasing and management of warehouse and office building owned by the Company (the Asset Management Segment), leasing and management of mining royalty land owned by the Company (the Mining Royalty Lands Segment) and real property acquisition, entitlement, development and construction primarily for warehouse and office buildings (the Land Development and Construction Segment). The Company’s Asset Management Segment owns leases and manages warehouse and office buildings. Its Mining Royalty Lands Segment owns several properties comprising approximately 15,000 acres under lease for mining rents or royalties. Its Land Development and Construction Segment owns and monitors the parcels of land that are in various stages of development.

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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