United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS)’s Financial Results Comparing With Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD)

This is a contrast between United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS) and Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD) based on their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation. The two companies are Air Delivery & Freight Services and they also compete with each other.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
United Parcel Service Inc. 120 2.08 700.36M 5.47 21.83
Forward Air Corporation 69 1.68 27.79M 3.17 19.89

In table 1 we can see United Parcel Service Inc. and Forward Air Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation. Forward Air Corporation appears to has lower revenue and earnings than United Parcel Service Inc. The business that is currently more expensive of the two stocks is the one that has a higher P/E ratio. United Parcel Service Inc. is trading at a higher P/E ratio than Forward Air Corporation, indicating that it is currently more expensive of the two stocks.


Table 2 shows United Parcel Service Inc. and Forward Air Corporation’s return on equity, return on assets and net margins.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Parcel Service Inc. 586,075,313.81% 160.9% 9.9%
Forward Air Corporation 40,445,350.02% 16.6% 11.8%

Risk & Volatility

United Parcel Service Inc. has a 1.24 beta, while its volatility is 24.00%, thus making it more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500. From a competition point of view, Forward Air Corporation has a 1.54 beta which is 54.00% more volatile compared to Standard & Poor’s 500.

Analyst Recommendations

In next table is delivered United Parcel Service Inc. and Forward Air Corporation’s ratings and recommendations.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Parcel Service Inc. 0 2 4 2.67
Forward Air Corporation 0 0 1 3.00

United Parcel Service Inc.’s upside potential is 10.27% at a $129.57 consensus price target. Competitively Forward Air Corporation has an average price target of $75, with potential upside of 9.23%. The information presented earlier suggests that United Parcel Service Inc. looks more robust than Forward Air Corporation as far as analyst opinion.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

Institutional investors held 70.7% of United Parcel Service Inc. shares and 95.6% of Forward Air Corporation shares. Insiders Comparatively, held 1.2% of Forward Air Corporation shares.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
United Parcel Service Inc. 4.44% 16.02% 14.19% 18.07% 0.64% 22.5%
Forward Air Corporation 2.92% 6.58% 0.86% 7.67% 1.42% 14.86%

For the past year United Parcel Service Inc.’s stock price has bigger growth than Forward Air Corporation.


United Parcel Service Inc. beats on 13 of the 15 factors Forward Air Corporation.

Forward Air Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an asset-light freight and logistics company in the United State and Canada. The company operates through four segments: Expedited LTL, Truckload Premium Services (TLS), Intermodal, and Pool Distribution. The Expedited LTL segment provides expedited regional, inter-regional, and national less-than-truckload services, as well as local pick-up and delivery services. It also offers shipment consolidation and deconsolidation, warehousing, customs brokerage, and other handling services. This segment provides its transportation services through a network of terminals located at or near airports. The TLS segment offers expedited truckload brokerage, dedicated fleet, and high security and temperature-controlled logistics services. The Intermodal segment provides intermodal container drayage services, as well as contract, and container freight station warehouse and handling services. The Pool Distribution segment offers high-frequency handling and distribution of time-sensitive product to various destinations in geographic regions. Forward Air Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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