XPO Logistics (XPO) Stock Plummets on Weak Cargo Demand - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- XPO Logistics (XPO) - Get Report stock is falling by 11.71% to $24.80 in late afternoon trading, as many stocks within the trucking sector retreat as investors worry that declining U.S. industrial activity is weighing on cargo demand. 

XPO Logistics, based in Greenwich, CT, provides transportation and logistics services mostly in the U.S.

Investors' demand concerns were fanned today as UPS reported lower daily package volume for the third quarter and Roadrunner Transportation Systems (RRTS) reduced its sales forecast, David Campbell, an analyst with Thompson Davis & Co., told Bloomberg. 

Further, durable-goods orders fell by 1.2% in September after declining by 3% in August, the Commerce Department announced today.

"Transportation industry data is not coming in positive," Campbell told Bloomberg. "They're all going down because of what UPS said about their recent truck volume and disappointing preliminary revenue of Roadrunner."

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates XPO LOGISTICS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate XPO LOGISTICS INC (XPO) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • XPO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 109.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.34, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Air Freight & Logistics industry. Despite the fact that XPO's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.74 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$70.50 million or 294.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Air Freight & Logistics industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 440.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$13.76 million to -$74.40 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: XPO