Comparing Kirby (KEX) & Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD)

Kirby (NYSE: KEX) and Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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Expeditors International of Washington pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Kirby does not pay a dividend. Expeditors International of Washington pays out 31.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Expeditors International of Washington has raised its dividend for 23 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.9% of Kirby shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.6% of Expeditors International of Washington shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Kirby shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Expeditors International of Washington shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kirby and Expeditors International of Washington’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kirby $2.21 billion 2.00 $313.18 million $5.38 13.81
Expeditors International of Washington $6.92 billion 1.55 $489.34 million $2.70 22.55

Expeditors International of Washington has higher revenue and earnings than Kirby. Kirby is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Expeditors International of Washington, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Kirby and Expeditors International of Washington, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kirby 1 4 4 0 2.33
Expeditors International of Washington 1 6 1 0 2.00

Kirby currently has a consensus price target of $78.78, suggesting a potential upside of 6.03%. Expeditors International of Washington has a consensus price target of $62.57, suggesting a potential upside of 2.78%. Given Kirby’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Kirby is more favorable than Expeditors International of Washington.

Risk and Volatility

Kirby has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Expeditors International of Washington has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Kirby and Expeditors International of Washington’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kirby 14.14% 4.17% 2.41%
Expeditors International of Washington 7.07% 22.79% 14.87%

Summary

Kirby beats Expeditors International of Washington on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kirby Company Profile

Kirby Corporation is a domestic tank barge operator, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along all three United States coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in two segments: Marine Transportation and Diesel Engine Services. The Company, through its Marine Transportation segment, is a provider of marine transportation services, operating tank barges and towing vessels transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along all three United States coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii. Its engine services segment, sells replacement parts, provides service mechanics to overhaul and repair medium-speed and high-speed diesel engines, transmissions, reduction gears, pumps and compression products, maintains facilities to rebuild component parts or entire medium-speed and high-speed diesel engines.

Expeditors International of Washington Company Profile

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. is a logistics company. The Company is a third-party logistics provider, and purchases cargo space from carriers, including airlines and ocean shipping lines on a volume basis and resells that space to its customers. The Company provides a range of customer solutions, such as order management, time-definite transportation, warehousing and distribution, temperature-controlled transit, cargo insurance and customized logistics solutions. In addition, the Company’s Project Cargo unit handles special project shipments that move through a single method or combination of air, ocean, and/or ground transportation. The Company’s services include airfreight services, ocean freight and ocean services, and customs brokerage and other services. The Company operates along five geographic areas: the Americas; North Asia; South Asia; Europe, and the Middle East, Africa and India.

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