Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Forward Air Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an asset-light freight and logistics company in the United State and Canada.

Snowflake Analysis

Adequate balance sheet average dividend payer.

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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 has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Logistics


US Market

1 Year Return




US Logistics


US Market

Return vs Industry: FWRD underperformed the US Logistics industry which returned -2.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: FWRD underperformed the US Market which returned 20.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day4.4%0.9%0.5%
30 Day-6.0%-4.3%2.0%
90 Day-5.6%-2.8%9.4%
1 Year-0.9%-2.1%-0.2%-2.5%22.8%20.3%
3 Year36.3%31.7%11.6%5.0%50.1%40.4%
5 Year29.4%22.5%18.8%7.0%73.1%54.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Forward Air's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Forward Air undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: FWRD ($64.71) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($62.33)

Significantly Below Fair Value: FWRD is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: FWRD is good value based on its PE Ratio (21.1x) compared to the Logistics industry average (21.1x).

PE vs Market: FWRD is poor value based on its PE Ratio (21.1x) compared to the US market (18.3x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: FWRD is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: FWRD is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (3.1x) compared to the US Logistics industry average (2.9x).

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Future Growth

How is Forward Air forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: FWRD's forecast earnings growth (9.6% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: FWRD's earnings (9.6% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: FWRD's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: FWRD's revenue (8.2% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: FWRD's revenue (8.2% 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

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Past Performance

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 (6.2%) are lower than last year (6.9%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: FWRD's earnings have grown by 16.2% 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 (-4.5%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Logistics industry average (-4.5%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: FWRD's Return on Equity (15.1%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Forward Air's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: FWRD's short term assets ($236.3M) exceed its short term liabilities ($137.2M).

Long Term Liabilities: FWRD's short term assets ($236.3M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($276.5M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: FWRD's debt to equity ratio (12.8%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: FWRD's debt to equity ratio has increased from 0.3% to 12.8% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: FWRD's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (219.2%).

Interest Coverage: FWRD's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (43.8x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: FWRD has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: FWRD's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 3.2x debt).

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What is Forward Air's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

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Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: FWRD's dividend (1.11%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.44%).

High Dividend: FWRD's dividend (1.11%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.73%).

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 low payout ratio (23.5%), FWRD's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: FWRD's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (21.8% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Tom Schmitt (54yo)





Mr. Thomas Schmitt, also known as Tom, is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Forward Air Corporation, since September 1, 2018 and also serves as its Chairman of the Board. He serves as  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Tom's total compensation ($USD4.36M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD3.82M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Insufficient data to compare Tom's compensation with company performance.

Leadership Team

Thomas Schmitt
Chairman1.4yrsUS$4.36m0.11% $2.0m
Michael Morris
CFO, Senior VP & Treasurer3.7yrsUS$1.49m0.078% $1.4m
Chris Ruble
Chief Operating Officer1.7yrsUS$1.65m0.11% $2.1m
Michael Hance
Senior VP5.8yrsUS$1.42m0.12% $2.2m
Matthew Jewell
Chief Commercial Officer17.6yrsUS$1.66m0.17% $3.2m
Bruce Campbell
Consultant0.8yrsUS$3.59m0.30% $5.5m
Christina Bottomley
Chief Accounting Officer0.8yrsno data0.011% $204.0k
Joseph Tomasello
Chief Information Officer0yrsno data0.019% $356.7k
Kyle Mitchin
Chief People Officer0yrsno data0.040% $731.5k
Matt Casey
Senior Vice President of Safety0yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: FWRD's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.7 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Thomas Schmitt
Chairman1.4yrsUS$4.36m0.11% $2.0m
George Lynch
Independent Director14.6yrsUS$205.09k0.042% $775.1k
Ronald Allen
Independent Director5.3yrsUS$213.05k0.050% $925.2k
C. Langley
Independent Director15.8yrsUS$188.41k0.10% $1.9m
Wayne West
Independent Director1.3yrsUS$100.98k0.011% $197.9k
C. Campbell
Independent Director14.5yrsUS$236.51k0.073% $1.3m
Valerie Bonebrake
Independent Director2.1yrsUS$219.70k0.0091% $167.7k
Laurie Tucker
Independent Director0.3yrsno data0.0038% $70.9k
R. Carlock
Lead Independent Director0.8yrsUS$198.10k0.030% $554.5k
Ana Amicarella
Independent Director2.6yrsUS$188.20k0.019% $344.5k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: FWRD's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.6 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: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Forward Air Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Forward Air Corporation
  • Ticker: FWRD
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1981
  • Industry: Air Freight and Logistics
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Market Cap: US$1.846b
  • Shares outstanding: 28.17m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Forward Air Corporation
  • Building N
  • 1915 Snapps Ferry Road
  • Greeneville
  • Tennessee
  • 37745
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
FWRDNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 1993


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 Less-Than-Truckload (LTL), Truckload Premium Services (TLS), Intermodal, and Pool Distribution (Pool). The Expedited LTL segment provides expedited regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services, as well as local pick-up and delivery services. It also offers shipment consolidation and deconsolidation, warehousing, final mile, 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; and contract, and container freight station warehouse and handling services. The Pool segment offers high-frequency handling and distribution of time-sensitive products to various destinations. Forward Air Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Greeneville, Tennessee. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/21 00:41
End of Day Share Price2020/02/20 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.