WEST JAPAN RWY/S (OTCMKTS:WJRYY) and Sino-Global Shipping America (NASDAQ:SINO) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

WEST JAPAN RWY/S has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sino-Global Shipping America has a beta of 3.01, indicating that its share price is 201% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WEST JAPAN RWY/S and Sino-Global Shipping America’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WEST JAPAN RWY/S $13.55 billion 1.00 $1.04 billion $5.48 12.79
Sino-Global Shipping America $23.07 million 0.60 $450,000.00 N/A N/A

WEST JAPAN RWY/S has higher revenue and earnings than Sino-Global Shipping America.

Profitability

This table compares WEST JAPAN RWY/S and Sino-Global Shipping America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WEST JAPAN RWY/S 7.53% 11.04% 4.03%
Sino-Global Shipping America -6.10% -7.98% -6.39%

Dividends

WEST JAPAN RWY/S pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Sino-Global Shipping America does not pay a dividend. WEST JAPAN RWY/S pays out 10.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for WEST JAPAN RWY/S and Sino-Global Shipping America, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WEST JAPAN RWY/S 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sino-Global Shipping America 0 0 1 0 3.00

Sino-Global Shipping America has a consensus target price of $1.75, indicating a potential upside of 71.57%. Given Sino-Global Shipping America’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sino-Global Shipping America is more favorable than WEST JAPAN RWY/S.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.2% of WEST JAPAN RWY/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.1% of Sino-Global Shipping America shares are held by institutional investors. 15.9% of Sino-Global Shipping America shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

WEST JAPAN RWY/S beats Sino-Global Shipping America on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About WEST JAPAN RWY/S

West Japan Railway Company provides passenger railway transport services in Japan. The company operates through Transportation Operations, Retail Business, Real Estate Business, and Other Businesses segments. It operates a railway network that stretches across an area of approximately 104,000 square kilometers covering 18 prefectures in western Honshu and the northern tip of Kyushu comprising a total of 1,200 railway stations with an operating route length of 5,008.7 kilometers. The company also operates high-speed intercity passenger service between Shin-Osaka station in Osaka and Hakata station in Fukuoka in northern Kyushu; and high-speed intercity passenger service between Tokyo and Kanazawa stations. In addition, its urban network offers service to the Kyoto–Osaka–Kobe metropolitan area with an operating route length of 946.0 kilometers. Further, the company operates other conventional lines with an operating route length of 3,250.1 kilometers comprising intercity transport provided by limited express and express services; regional transport for commuters and students in and around regional hub cities, such as Hiroshima and Okayama; and local lines with low transport density, as well as TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE, a sleeper train to invigorate the West Japan Area. Additionally, it offers bus and ferry services; operates convenience stores, department stores, specialty stores, food and beverage outlets, and tourism campaigns; and provides travel agency, advertising agency, hotel, maintenance and engineering, and other services. The company is also involved in the sale and leasing of residential and urban development properties; management of shopping centers in station buildings and other facilities; operation of large station buildings at hub railway stations; and development of commercial facilities near railway station areas and underneath elevated tracks. West Japan Railway Company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

About Sino-Global Shipping America

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. provides shipping and freight logistics integrated solution in the United States, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Australia, and Canada. Its services include inland transportation management, freight logistics, container trucking services, and bulk cargo container services. Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Roslyn, New York.

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