CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare CSX Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and dividends.


CSX Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. CSX Corporation pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 36.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CSX Corporation lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.8% of CSX Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of CSX Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for CSX Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSX Corporation 0 9 17 0 2.65
CSX Corporation Competitors 227 1378 1818 72 2.50

CSX Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $54.27, indicating a potential upside of 2.21%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 12.07%. Given CSX Corporation’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CSX Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares CSX Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSX Corporation 15.46% 16.93% 5.57%
CSX Corporation Competitors 11.41% 16.06% 5.67%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CSX Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CSX Corporation $11.55 billion $5.20 billion 27.80
CSX Corporation Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -5.16

CSX Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. CSX Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

CSX Corporation has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSX Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.36, suggesting that their average share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.


CSX Corporation competitors beat CSX Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

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.

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