Head-To-Head Survey: Landstar System (LSTR) versus Swift Transportation (NYSE:KNX)

Swift Transportation (NYSE: KNX) and Landstar System (NASDAQ:LSTR) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Swift Transportation and Landstar System, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swift Transportation 1 4 10 0 2.60
Landstar System 2 5 3 0 2.10

Swift Transportation currently has a consensus target price of $39.60, indicating a potential upside of 1.96%. Landstar System has a consensus target price of $91.11, indicating a potential downside of 7.27%. Given Swift Transportation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Swift Transportation is more favorable than Landstar System.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Swift Transportation and Landstar System’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Swift Transportation $1.11 billion 2.82 $243.34 million $1.25 31.07
Landstar System $3.33 billion 1.24 $271.70 million $3.46 28.40

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

Profitability

This table compares Swift Transportation and Landstar System’s 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%
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Swift Transportation does not pay a dividend. Landstar System pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Swift Transportation has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.97, indicating that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landstar System has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of Landstar System shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.9% of Swift Transportation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Landstar System shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Landstar System beats Swift Transportation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Landstar System Company Profile

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

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