Analyzing Swift Transportation (SWFT) & Its Competitors

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Swift Transportation and its peers revenue, earnings per share 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 -3.32

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.

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 11.41% 16.28% 5.72%

Risk & Volatility

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations 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 1372 1812 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 16.25%. 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 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Swift Transportation Company Profile

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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