Head-To-Head Comparison: ArcBest Corporation (ARCB) & XPO Logistics (XPO)

ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ArcBest Corporation and XPO Logistics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ArcBest Corporation $2.77 billion 0.30 $146.83 million $0.86 38.20
XPO Logistics $14.69 billion 0.55 $1.20 billion $0.87 78.30

XPO Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than ArcBest Corporation. ArcBest Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than XPO Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.9% of ArcBest Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.5% of XPO Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of ArcBest Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of XPO Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

ArcBest Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. XPO Logistics does not pay a dividend. ArcBest Corporation pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for ArcBest Corporation and XPO Logistics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ArcBest Corporation 0 6 1 0 2.14
XPO Logistics 0 1 16 0 2.94

ArcBest Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $27.40, suggesting a potential downside of 16.59%. XPO Logistics has a consensus target price of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.76%. Given XPO Logistics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe XPO Logistics is more favorable than ArcBest Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares ArcBest Corporation and XPO Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ArcBest Corporation 0.83% 4.92% 2.26%
XPO Logistics 0.80% 6.49% 1.67%

Volatility and Risk

ArcBest Corporation has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its stock price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XPO Logistics has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its stock price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

XPO Logistics beats ArcBest Corporation on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ArcBest Corporation

ArcBest Corporation is a holding company of businesses providing integrated logistics solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Asset-Based, which consists of ABF Freight System, Inc. and other subsidiaries; ArcBest, which represents the consolidation of the operations of the Premium Logistics, Transportation Management and Household Goods Moving Services segments, and FleetNet, which includes the results of operations of FleetNet America, Inc. (FleetNet). Its Asset-Based operations offer transportation of general commodities through standard, time-critical, expedited and guaranteed LTL services-nationally and regionally. Its ArcBest segment includes truckload, expedite, international, warehousing, freight transportation, management services and moving services. Its FleetNet segment provides roadside assistance and maintenance management services for commercial vehicles to customers in the United States and Canada through a network of third-party service providers.

About XPO Logistics

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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