Contrasting Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) & Its Peers

Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE: GWR) is one of 30 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Genesee & Wyoming to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.8% of Genesee & Wyoming shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Genesee & Wyoming shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Genesee & Wyoming and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genesee & Wyoming 0 4 3 0 2.43
Genesee & Wyoming Competitors 224 1636 2177 76 2.51

Genesee & Wyoming presently has a consensus target price of $81.25, suggesting a potential upside of 9.74%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 12.22%. Given Genesee & Wyoming’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Genesee & Wyoming has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares Genesee & Wyoming and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genesee & Wyoming 6.10% 5.80% 2.45%
Genesee & Wyoming Competitors 10.35% 14.31% 5.08%

Volatility & Risk

Genesee & Wyoming has a beta of 1.78, meaning that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genesee & Wyoming’s competitors have a beta of 1.50, meaning that their average share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Genesee & Wyoming and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Genesee & Wyoming $2.00 billion $141.13 million 35.09
Genesee & Wyoming Competitors $7.05 billion $899.14 million 224.47

Genesee & Wyoming’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Genesee & Wyoming. Genesee & Wyoming is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Genesee & Wyoming competitors beat Genesee & Wyoming on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

About Genesee & Wyoming

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. owns and operates freight railroads across the world. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or leased 122 freight railroads worldwide that are organized in 10 operating regions. The Company operates through three segments, which include North American Operations, Australian Operations and U.K./European Operations. In North America, the Company has operations in eight regions, such as Central, Coastal (which includes industrial switching and port operations), Midwest, Mountain West (which includes industrial switching operations), Northeast, Pacific, Southern and Canada. Outside the United States, the Company has operations in two regions: Australia and the United Kingdom/Europe (which consists of operations in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland, as well as the provision of management and technical support through Freightliner to Saudi Arabia Railway Company).

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