Reviewing Schneider National (SNDR) and PAM Transport (PTSI)

Schneider National (NYSE: SNDR) and PAM Transport (NASDAQ:PTSI) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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24.4% of Schneider National shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.1% of PAM Transport shares are held by institutional investors. 43.5% of Schneider National shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 64.8% of PAM Transport shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Schneider National pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. PAM Transport does not pay a dividend. Schneider National pays out 25.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Schneider National and PAM Transport, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Schneider National 1 3 8 0 2.58
PAM Transport 0 1 0 0 2.00

Schneider National currently has a consensus target price of $29.44, suggesting a potential upside of 9.13%. PAM Transport has a consensus target price of $30.00, suggesting a potential downside of 22.72%. Given Schneider National’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Schneider National is more favorable than PAM Transport.

Profitability

This table compares Schneider National and PAM Transport’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Schneider National 8.89% 10.24% 5.01%
PAM Transport 8.88% 8.71% 2.42%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Schneider National and PAM Transport’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Schneider National $4.38 billion 1.09 $389.90 million $0.94 28.70
PAM Transport $437.84 million 0.55 $38.89 million N/A N/A

Schneider National has higher revenue and earnings than PAM Transport.

Summary

Schneider National beats PAM Transport on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Schneider National

Schneider National, Inc. is a provider of transportation, logistics and related services. The Company’s transportation solutions include one-way, intermodal, dedicated, bulk, transport management, trans loading services, international services and Schneider payment services. Its supply chain management and consulting services include logistics solution design, global supply chain services, enterprise and market entry assistance, and sourcing and compliance. Schneider Logistics is the subsidiary of the Company, which provides supply chain management technology, managed services, engineering services and freight payment. The Company operates approximately 10,000 tractors, around 28,800 trailers and around 14,300 containers. It has operations in around 36 locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

About PAM Transport

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a truckload transportation and logistics company. It operates in the motor carrier segment. It operates as a truckload dry van carrier transporting general commodities throughout the continental United States, as well as in certain Canadian provinces. It provides transportation services in Mexico under agreements with Mexican carriers. Its operations are classified into truckload services, or brokerage and logistics services. Truckload services include transportation services, in which it utilizes company owned trucks or independent operator owned trucks for the pickup and delivery of freight. The brokerage and logistics services consist of services, such as transportation scheduling, routing, mode selection, transloading and other services related to the transportation of freight, which may or may not involve the use of company owned or independent operator owned equipment.

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