XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is one of 28 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare XPO Logistics to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares XPO Logistics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XPO Logistics 0.80% 6.49% 1.67%
XPO Logistics Competitors 11.41% 16.06% 5.67%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares XPO Logistics and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
XPO Logistics $14.69 billion $1.20 billion 73.67
XPO Logistics Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -5.16

XPO Logistics has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. XPO Logistics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.5% of XPO Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.9% of XPO Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for XPO Logistics and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XPO Logistics 0 1 16 0 2.94
XPO Logistics Competitors 227 1378 1818 72 2.50

XPO Logistics presently has a consensus target price of $67.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.54%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 12.05%. Given XPO Logistics’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe XPO Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

XPO Logistics has a beta of 2.28, indicating that its share price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XPO Logistics’ peers have a beta of 1.36, indicating that their average share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

XPO Logistics beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

XPO Logistics Company Profile

XPO Logistics, Inc. is a global provider of supply chain solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Transportation and Logistics. The Transportation segment provides freight brokerage, last mile, less-than-truckload (LTL), full truckload and global forwarding services. The Logistics segment provides a range of contract logistics services, including highly engineered and customized solutions, value-added warehousing and distribution, cold chain solutions and other inventory solutions. Its freight brokerage operations encompass truck brokerage globally, as well as intermodal, drayage and expedite services in North America. In Logistics segment, it provides warehousing and distribution solutions, such as factory support, aftermarket support, integrated manufacturing, packaging, labeling and transportation. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had more than 10,000 independent owner operators under contract to provide drayage, expedite, last mile and LTL services to its customers.

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