Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY) and Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Quality Distribution and Norfolk Souther Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quality Distribution 0.95% N/A 2.09%
Norfolk Souther Corporation 17.66% 14.45% 5.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Quality Distribution and Norfolk Souther Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A
Norfolk Souther Corporation 3 14 7 0 2.17

Norfolk Souther Corporation has a consensus price target of $109.80, suggesting a potential downside of 9.38%. Given Norfolk Souther Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Norfolk Souther Corporation is more favorable than Quality Distribution.

Dividends

Norfolk Souther Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Quality Distribution does not pay a dividend. Norfolk Souther Corporation pays out 39.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Quality Distribution has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quality Distribution and Norfolk Souther Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quality Distribution N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Norfolk Souther Corporation $10.23 billion 3.41 $4.29 billion $6.16 19.67

Norfolk Souther Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Quality Distribution.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.6% 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Norfolk Souther Corporation beats Quality Distribution on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quality Distribution

Quality Distribution Inc. is a United States-based provider of bulk transportation and logistics services. The Company also provides transportation and delivery services. The Company offers services, such as chemical bulk transportation, logistics, container and depot, intermodal, leasing and risk services. Its container and depot services for intermodal equipment include repair, maintenance and cleaning, and redistribution. Its intermodal services include tracking solutions, solutions regarding capacity, pre-clearing for shipments moving across borders, and management and control over every shipping segment from departure to delivery. It offers risk management consulting that covers insurance policy reviews, insurance or self-insurance analysis and brokerage relationship studies. It also offers audit services, electronic or on-site. It serves industries, including chemical, unconventional oil and gas, bulk liquid and food grade liquid.

About Norfolk Souther Corporation

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.

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