Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and Schneider National (NASDAQ:SNDR) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.6% of Norfolk Souther Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Norfolk Souther Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Norfolk Souther Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Schneider National does not pay a dividend. Norfolk Souther Corporation pays out 39.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Norfolk Souther Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Norfolk Souther Corporation $10.23 billion 3.69 $4.29 billion $6.16 21.26
Schneider National $4.20 billion 1.03 $544.67 million N/A N/A

Norfolk Souther Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Schneider National.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Norfolk Souther Corporation 17.66% 14.45% 5.18%
Schneider National 4.32% 13.37% 5.98%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Norfolk Souther Corporation and Schneider National, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Norfolk Souther Corporation 3 12 7 0 2.18
Schneider National 0 2 7 0 2.78

Norfolk Souther Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $112.15, indicating a potential downside of 14.37%. Schneider National has a consensus price target of $22.43, indicating a potential downside of 7.89%. Given Schneider National’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Schneider National is more favorable than Norfolk Souther Corporation.

Summary

Norfolk Souther Corporation beats Schneider National on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Norfolk Souther Corporation Company Profile

Norfolk Southern Corporation is a holding company engaged in the rail transportation business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated approximately 19,500 miles of road primarily in the East and Midwest. The Company is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products and finished goods primarily in the Southeast, East and Midwest. The Company, through interchange with rail carriers, to and from the rest of the United States. The Company also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. It provides logistics services and offers the intermodal network in the eastern half of the United States. The Company’s system reaches various manufacturing plants, electric generating facilities, mines, distribution centers and other businesses located in its service area. The Company’s intermodal market group consists of shipments moving in trailers, domestic and international containers, and RoadRailer equipment.

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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