Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) and Schneider National (NASDAQ:SNDR) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Union Pacific Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Schneider National does not pay a dividend. Union Pacific Corporation pays out 43.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Union Pacific Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Union Pacific Corporation and Schneider National, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Union Pacific Corporation 0 9 8 0 2.47
Schneider National 0 2 7 0 2.78

Union Pacific Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $113.53, indicating a potential upside of 7.65%. Schneider National has a consensus target price of $22.43, indicating a potential downside of 1.97%. Given Union Pacific Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Union Pacific Corporation is more favorable than Schneider National.

Profitability

This table compares Union Pacific Corporation and Schneider National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Union Pacific Corporation 21.79% 22.70% 8.05%
Schneider National 4.32% 13.37% 5.98%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.6% of Union Pacific Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Union Pacific Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Union Pacific Corporation and Schneider National’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Union Pacific Corporation $20.72 billion 4.07 $9.80 billion $5.52 19.11
Schneider National $4.20 billion 0.96 $544.67 million N/A N/A

Union Pacific Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Schneider National.

Summary

Union Pacific Corporation beats Schneider National on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Union Pacific Corporation

Union Pacific Corporation is a railroad operating company in the United States. The Company operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR). Its business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Its freight traffic consists of bulk, manifest, and premium business. Bulk traffic primarily consists of coal, grain, soda ash, ethanol, rock and crude oil shipped in unit trains-trains transporting a single commodity from one origin to one destination. Manifest traffic includes individual carload or less than train-load business involving commodities, such as lumber, paper, food and chemicals. The transportation of finished vehicles, auto parts, intermodal containers and truck trailers are included as part of its premium business. As of December 31, 2016, its network included 32,070 route miles, linking Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and Eastern United States gateways.

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.

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