Knight Transportation Inc. Stock Upgraded (KNX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Knight Transportation (NYSE: KNX) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • KNX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • KNX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, KNX has a quick ratio of 1.91, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION INC has improved earnings per share by 46.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.80 versus $0.75 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.93 versus $0.80).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Road & Rail industry. The net income increased by 44.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $10.55 million to $15.18 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $40.32 million or 33.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.24%.
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Knight Transportation, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a short to medium-haul truckload carrier of general commodities primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Knight Transportation has a market cap of $1.37 billion and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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