CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) and Quality Distribution (NASDAQ:QLTY) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and dividends.
This table compares CSX Corporation and Quality Distribution’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
70.3% of CSX Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of CSX Corporation shares are held by 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.
CSX Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Quality Distribution does not pay a dividend. CSX Corporation pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CSX Corporation and Quality Distribution, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
CSX Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $53.78, indicating a potential upside of 5.19%. Given CSX Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CSX Corporation is more favorable than Quality Distribution.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares CSX Corporation and Quality Distribution’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|CSX Corporation||$11.55 billion||4.04||$5.20 billion||$1.91||26.77|
CSX Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Quality Distribution.
CSX Corporation beats Quality Distribution on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About CSX Corporation
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.
About Quality Distribution
Quality Distribution Inc. is a United States-based provider of bulk transportation and logistics services. The Company also provides transportation and delivery services. The Company offers services, such as chemical bulk transportation, logistics, container and depot, intermodal, leasing and risk services. Its container and depot services for intermodal equipment include repair, maintenance and cleaning, and redistribution. Its intermodal services include tracking solutions, solutions regarding capacity, pre-clearing for shipments moving across borders, and management and control over every shipping segment from departure to delivery. It offers risk management consulting that covers insurance policy reviews, insurance or self-insurance analysis and brokerage relationship studies. It also offers audit services, electronic or on-site. It serves industries, including chemical, unconventional oil and gas, bulk liquid and food grade liquid.
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