Head to Head Comparison: Norfolk Souther Corporation (NSC) and Con-way (CNW)

Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and Con-way (NYSE:CNW) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Norfolk Souther Corporation and Con-way’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Norfolk Souther Corporation 17.66% 14.45% 5.18%
Con-way 3.09% 14.75% 5.26%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.5% of Norfolk Souther Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Norfolk Souther Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Norfolk Souther Corporation and Con-way’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Norfolk Souther Corporation $10.23 billion 3.34 $4.29 billion $6.16 19.26
Con-way N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Norfolk Souther Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Con-way.

Dividends

Norfolk Souther Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Con-way does not pay a dividend. Norfolk Souther Corporation pays out 39.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Norfolk Souther Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Con-way has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Norfolk Souther Corporation and Con-way, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Norfolk Souther Corporation 3 14 7 0 2.17
Con-way 0 0 0 0 N/A

Norfolk Souther Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $109.53, suggesting a potential downside of 7.67%. Given Norfolk Souther Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Norfolk Souther Corporation is more favorable than Con-way.

Summary

Norfolk Souther Corporation beats Con-way on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Norfolk Souther Corporation Company Profile

Norfolk Southern Corporation is a holding company engaged in the rail transportation business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated approximately 19,500 miles of road primarily in the East and Midwest. The Company is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products and finished goods primarily in the Southeast, East and Midwest. The Company, through interchange with rail carriers, to and from the rest of the United States. The Company also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. It provides logistics services and offers the intermodal network in the eastern half of the United States. The Company’s system reaches various manufacturing plants, electric generating facilities, mines, distribution centers and other businesses located in its service area. The Company’s intermodal market group consists of shipments moving in trailers, domestic and international containers, and RoadRailer equipment.

Con-way Company Profile

Con-way Inc. (Con-way) provides transportation, logistics and supply-chain management services for a range of manufacturing, industrial and retail customers. The Company’s business units operate in regional, inter-regional and transcontinental less-than-truckload and full-truckload freight transportation, multimodal freight brokerage and trailer manufacturing. The Company operates in three segments: Freight, Logistics and Truckload. The Freight segment consists of the operating results of the Con-way Freight business unit. Con-way Freight is a less-than-truckload motor carrier that utilizes a network of freight service centers to provide day-definite regional, inter-regional and transcontinental less-than-truckload freight services. The Logistics segment consists of the operating results of the Menlo Logistics (Menlo) business unit, which develops contract-logistics solutions. The Truckload segment consists of the operating results of the Con-way Truckload business unit.

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