Knight-Swift Transportation (KNX) versus Ardmore Shipping (ASC) Critical Survey

Knight-Swift Transportation (NYSE: KNX) and Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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80.4% of Knight-Swift Transportation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.1% of Ardmore Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of Knight-Swift Transportation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Knight-Swift Transportation pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Ardmore Shipping does not pay a dividend. Knight-Swift Transportation pays out 8.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Knight-Swift Transportation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Ardmore Shipping has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Knight-Swift Transportation has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ardmore Shipping has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Knight-Swift Transportation and Ardmore Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knight-Swift Transportation 0 6 13 0 2.68
Ardmore Shipping 0 1 4 0 2.80

Knight-Swift Transportation currently has a consensus target price of $48.78, indicating a potential upside of 3.04%. Ardmore Shipping has a consensus target price of $10.60, indicating a potential upside of 35.03%. Given Ardmore Shipping’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ardmore Shipping is more favorable than Knight-Swift Transportation.

Profitability

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation and Ardmore Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knight-Swift Transportation 12.58% 5.92% 3.31%
Ardmore Shipping -6.37% -3.16% -1.45%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Knight-Swift Transportation and Ardmore Shipping’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Knight-Swift Transportation $2.43 billion 3.48 $484.29 million $2.87 16.48
Ardmore Shipping $195.93 million 1.35 -$12.49 million ($0.38) -20.66

Knight-Swift Transportation has higher revenue and earnings than Ardmore Shipping. Ardmore Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Knight-Swift Transportation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Knight-Swift Transportation beats Ardmore Shipping on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Knight-Swift Transportation Company Profile

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation and logistics services, which involve the movement of trailer or container loads of freight from origin to destination for a single customer. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Logistics. Its Trucking segment consists of three operating units: dry van truckload, temperature-controlled truckload and drayage services. The Trucking segment provides truckload transportation, including services of various products, goods and materials. Its Logistics segment consists of two operating units: freight brokerage services and rail intermodal. It provides logistics, freight management and other non-trucking services to its customers, through its Logistics segment. It provides a range of truckload and logistics services through its nationwide network of service centers, truckload tractor fleets and its contractual access to third-party capacity providers. It operates primarily in the United States.

Ardmore Shipping Company Profile

Ardmore Shipping Corporation provides seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals to national oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies, with its fleet of mid-size product and chemical tankers. The Company’s segment relates to the operations of its vessels. The Company’s fleet consists of over 20 double-hulled product and chemical tankers, all of which are in operation. The Company’s vessels include Ardmore Seavaliant, Ardmore Seaventure, Ardmore Seavantage, Ardmore Seavanguard, Ardmore Sealion, Ardmore Seafox, Ardmore Seahawk, Ardmore Endeavour, Ardmore Seafarer, Ardmore Seatrader, Ardmore Seamaster and Ardmore Sealeader. The Company has over 30 subsidiaries, the majority of which represent single ship-owning companies for its fleet. Its subsidiaries include Ardmore Shipping (Bermuda) Limited (ASBL), Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited (ASSIL), Ardmore Shipping (Asia) Pte. Limited and Ardmore Shipping (Americas) LLC.

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