BEST (NYSE: BSTI) and Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for BEST and Echo Global Logistics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BEST 0 0 8 0 3.00
Echo Global Logistics 0 4 5 0 2.56

BEST currently has a consensus price target of $14.92, suggesting a potential upside of 60.60%. Echo Global Logistics has a consensus price target of $24.88, suggesting a potential downside of 11.48%. Given BEST’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe BEST is more favorable than Echo Global Logistics.


This table compares BEST and Echo Global Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Echo Global Logistics -0.20% 3.29% 1.45%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BEST and Echo Global Logistics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BEST $1.30 billion 2.63 -$201.12 million N/A N/A
Echo Global Logistics $1.72 billion 0.46 $1.58 million ($0.12) -234.17

Echo Global Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than BEST.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.3% of BEST shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.1% of Echo Global Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. 8.1% of Echo Global Logistics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Echo Global Logistics beats BEST on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

BEST Company Profile

BEST Inc. is engaged in providing supply chain solutions. The Company offers a cloud based platform, BEST Cloud which is integration of online and offline retail to offer delivery. It provides technology-enabled solutions to its users. The Company’s service offerings include BEST supply chain management, BEST express, BEST freight, BEST store+, BEST global, BEST cargo and BEST Ucargo. BEST supply chain management offers its solutions in a range of categories, including: cloud OFCs, which offer warehouse management, in-warehouse processing and order fulfillment services to customers; transportation services, which provides transportation services and coordinate shipments to and from locations. It offer transportation services from factories to consumers includes full truckload (FTL), less-than-truckload (LTL), regional distribution, intra-city distribution and other transportation services. BEST store+ offers a door-to-door integrated cross-border supply chain services.

Echo Global Logistics Company Profile

Echo Global Logistics, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management solutions. The Company utilizes a technology platform to compile and analyze data from its multi-modal network of transportation providers to facilitate its transportation and logistics services. The Company focuses primarily on arranging transportation by truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL) carriers. It also offers intermodal (which involves moving a shipment by rail and truck), small parcel, domestic air, expedited and international transportation services. The Company’s core logistics services include rate negotiation, shipment execution and tracking, carrier selection and management, routing compliance freight bill payment and audit, payment and performance management and reporting functions.

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