Forward Air Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an asset-light freight and logistics company in the United States and Canada. More Details
Adequate balance sheet with moderate growth potential.
Share Price & News
How has Forward Air's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: FWRD is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.
Volatility Over Time: FWRD's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: FWRD exceeded the US Logistics industry which returned 69.1% over the past year.
Return vs Market: FWRD exceeded the US Market which returned 39% over the past year.
Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Forward Air's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
2 weeks ago | Simply Wall StHow Many Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD) Shares Have Insiders Sold, In The Last Year?
4 weeks ago | Simply Wall StForward Air (NASDAQ:FWRD) Seems To Use Debt Quite Sensibly
1 month ago | Simply Wall StIs Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD) Potentially Undervalued?
Is Forward Air undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Undervalued compared to fair value
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: FWRD ($91.54) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($112.15)
Significantly Below Fair Value: FWRD is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: FWRD is poor value based on its PE Ratio (43.7x) compared to the US Logistics industry average (26.6x).
PE vs Market: FWRD is poor value based on its PE Ratio (43.7x) compared to the US market (19.2x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: FWRD is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: FWRD is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4.6x) compared to the US Logistics industry average (3.3x).
How is Forward Air forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 6 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: FWRD's forecast earnings growth (41.7% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).
Earnings vs Market: FWRD's earnings (41.7% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (15.7% per year).
High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: FWRD's revenue (8.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.4% per year).
High Growth Revenue: FWRD's revenue (8.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if FWRD's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time
How has Forward Air performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: FWRD has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: FWRD's current net profit margins (4.3%) are lower than last year (6.1%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: FWRD's earnings have grown by 7.2% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: FWRD's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: FWRD had negative earnings growth (-23.4%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Logistics industry average (20.4%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: FWRD's Return on Equity (10.7%) is considered low.
How is Forward Air's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: FWRD's short term assets ($248.0M) exceed its short term liabilities ($169.1M).
Long Term Liabilities: FWRD's short term assets ($248.0M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($302.0M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: FWRD's debt to equity ratio (20.6%) is considered satisfactory.
Reducing Debt: FWRD's debt to equity ratio has increased from 13.5% to 20.6% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: FWRD's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (58.3%).
Interest Coverage: FWRD's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (17.9x coverage).
What is Forward Air current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: FWRD's dividend (0.92%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.31%).
High Dividend: FWRD's dividend (0.92%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.44%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: FWRD's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: FWRD's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (37.2%), FWRD's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Tom Schmitt (55 yo)
Mr. Thomas Schmitt, also known as Tom, is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Forward Air Corporation, since September 1, 2018, also serves as its Executive Chairman of the Board since M...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Tom's total compensation ($USD3.20M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.35M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Tom's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.
Experienced Management: FWRD's management team is considered experienced (2.8 years average tenure).
Experienced Board: FWRD's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.1 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: FWRD insiders have sold more shares than they have bought in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Forward Air Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Forward Air Corporation
- Ticker: FWRD
- Exchange: NasdaqGS
- Founded: 1981
- Industry: Air Freight and Logistics
- Sector: Transportation
- Market Cap: US$2.512b
- Shares outstanding: 27.32m
- Website: https://www.forwardaircorp.com
Number of Employees
- Forward Air Corporation
- Building N
- 1915 Snapps Ferry Road
- United States
Forward Air Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an asset-light freight and logistics company in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Expedited Freig...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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