Head-To-Head Review: Swift Transportation (KNX) versus Its Competitors

Swift Transportation (NYSE: KNX) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” 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 institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.7% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary 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 1 4 11 0 2.63
Swift Transportation Competitors 92 622 583 25 2.41

Swift Transportation presently has a consensus target price of $40.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.52%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 4.74%. Given Swift Transportation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $4.03 billion $149.26 million 43.00
Swift Transportation Competitors $1.95 billion $105.60 million 33.88

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 2.44% 7.48% 3.31%
Swift Transportation Competitors 9.17% 7.49% 4.44%

Volatility & Risk

Swift Transportation has a beta of 2.07, suggesting that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swift Transportation’s peers have a beta of 1.10, suggesting that their average share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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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