Contrasting Schneider National (SNDR) & CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)

CSX (NASDAQ: CSX) and Schneider National (NYSE:SNDR) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CSX and Schneider National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSX 47.96% 17.16% 5.87%
Schneider National 8.89% 10.24% 5.01%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CSX and Schneider National’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSX $11.41 billion 4.32 $5.47 billion $2.30 24.17
Schneider National $4.38 billion 1.04 $389.90 million $0.94 27.49

CSX has higher revenue and earnings than Schneider National. CSX is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Schneider National, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

CSX pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Schneider National pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. CSX pays out 38.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Schneider National pays out 25.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.8% of CSX shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.9% of Schneider National shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of CSX shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 43.5% of Schneider National shares are held by 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 summary of recent ratings for CSX and Schneider National, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSX 2 5 14 0 2.57
Schneider National 1 3 7 0 2.55

CSX currently has a consensus target price of $60.14, suggesting a potential upside of 8.17%. Schneider National has a consensus target price of $29.38, suggesting a potential upside of 13.68%. Given Schneider National’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Schneider National is more favorable than CSX.

Summary

CSX beats Schneider National on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

CSX Company Profile

CSX Corporation is a transportation company. The Company provides rail-based freight transportation services, including traditional rail service and transport of intermodal containers and trailers, as well as other transportation services, such as rail-to-truck transfers and bulk commodity operations. The Company categorizes its products into three primary lines of business: merchandise, intermodal and coal. The Company’s intermodal business links customers to railroads through trucks and terminals. The Company’s merchandise business consists of shipments in markets, such as agricultural and food products, fertilizers, chemicals, automotive, metals and equipment, minerals and forest products. The Company’s coal business transports domestic coal, coke and iron ore to electricity-generating power plants, steel manufacturers and industrial plants, as well as export coal to deep-water port facilities.

Schneider National Company Profile

Schneider National, Inc. is a provider of transportation, logistics and related services. The Company’s transportation solutions include one-way, intermodal, dedicated, bulk, transport management, trans loading services, international services and Schneider payment services. Its supply chain management and consulting services include logistics solution design, global supply chain services, enterprise and market entry assistance, and sourcing and compliance. Schneider Logistics is the subsidiary of the Company, which provides supply chain management technology, managed services, engineering services and freight payment. The Company operates approximately 10,000 tractors, around 28,800 trailers and around 14,300 containers. It has operations in around 36 locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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