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XPO Logistics NYSE:XPO Stock Report

Last Price

US$56.00

Market Cap

US$6.4b

7D

-6.9%

1Y

-34.0%

Updated

19 Aug, 2022

Data

Company Financials +
XPO fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Valuation4/6
Future Growth1/6
Past Performance4/6
Financial Health3/6
Dividends0/6

XPO Stock Overview

XPO Logistics, Inc. provides freight transportation services in the United States, rest of North America, France, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, and internationally.

XPO Logistics, Inc. Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for XPO Logistics
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$56.00
52 Week HighUS$89.96
52 Week LowUS$45.09
Beta2.01
1 Month Change3.13%
3 Month Change12.84%
1 Year Change-33.95%
3 Year Change-16.08%
5 Year Change-4.21%
Change since IPO1,650.00%

Recent News & Updates

Aug 05

Why XPO Logistics Has So Much Upside

XPO Logistics just reported its 2Q22 earnings, which came in higher than expected and once again proved the company's ability to generate shareholder and customer value. The company improved its margins and network fluidity in a time of high inflation and supply chain problems. XPO also revealed more details regarding its RXO brokerage spin-off, which is set to unlock "hidden" shareholder value. I believe that XPO stock is extremely undervalued and trading well below its fair value. Introduction I've followed XPO Logistics (XPO) for many years because it's a major trucking company and because management is working on an impressive business transformation. The company is more than just a trucking company as it has become a technology-driven transportation leader fueled by acquired growth and in-house improvements that have generated tremendous long-term shareholder value including a spin-off in 2021 (GXO Logistics (GXO)). In today's article, we will discuss the company's improvements. It just had its best second quarter ever and it announced a change in leadership following the upcoming brokerage spin-off in 4Q22, which will be called RXO. While economic headwinds remain, I remain extremely bullish on XPO's future as the company remains way too cheap for many reasons that we'll discuss in this article. So, bear with me! A Quick Look Back On May 25, I wrote an article titled "XPO Logistics Stock: I'm Even More Bullish Now". Since then, the stock is up 24%. Essentially, I was bullish because investors had priced in so much potential weakness that the risk/reward seemed extremely attractive. Back in May, the stock was on its way to dropping almost 50% from its all-time high. While XPO has a volatile history including steep drawdowns, that was just too much. Especially because the company is improving its own business so much. Back then, I wrote: Unlike a lot of poor-quality stocks that are currently suffering, XPO has a tremendous business behind the stock price. Free cash flow has accelerated, debt has become more than sustainable, and spin-off plans are about to unlock a lot more value - both in terms of operating efficiencies, and in terms of stock market valuations. Improving its business is exactly what XPO has been doing in 2Q22. XPO Logistics' Record-Breaking Quarter This $7.0 billion market cap trucking company did $3.23 billion in revenue. That's an improvement of 1.3% versus 2Q21 and $40 million higher than the consensus analyst estimate. Please bear in mind that revenue growth was impacted by the sale of the company's intermodal business. Earlier this year, XPO sold its intermodal business to STG in a $710 million cash deal, which obviously impacted 2Q22 sales. Adjusted for the sale which is part of the business transformation and pending spin-off, sales growth was 11%, which is truly impressive given deteriorating market fundamentals. In June, for example, I highlighted the fact that pricing in shipping had come under pressure (see the graph below). FreightWaves That didn't impact XPO as it saw strength across the board. For example, adjusted EBITDA made it to $405 million, the best second-quarter result in its history and a 23% improvement versus the prior-year quarter. It also marked the eighth straight quarter the company delivered a quarterly record for adjusted EBITDA. Before we continue, please be aware that LTL stands for less-than-truckload. It's shorter-distance shipping, which more often than not covers shipments between 150 and 15,000 pounds. Unlike FTL (full-truckload) shipping, it tends to be an industry with better access to employment given the more favorable conditions for drivers. Anyway, XPO hit it out of the park in 2Q22. The company reported record revenue and EBITDA (for any quarter in its history). The company achieved an 80.4% operating ratio, which is a tremendous improvement. Bear in mind that the operating ratio measures how much it costs to run operations - as a percentage of revenue. The lower, the better. In this case, 80% is roughly 10 full points below a lot of peers - especially companies who focus on full truckload shipments. With regard to labor, in June, the company hired the largest number of new net drivers in a single month since July 2021. Despite supply challenges, XPO maintained its highest level of network fluidity since 2020. In-timer performance improved by 27%. Moreover, the XPO sales team achieved an all-time record in new business won. Moreover, XPO aims to generate at least $1.0 billion in LTL adjusted EBITDA in 2022. That's almost twice what the entire company did in adjusted EBITDA in 2015, and that includes the spun-off GXO business. TIKR.com In 4Q22, when the brokerage segment will be spun off, Mario Harik will become CEO of XPO. He is currently CIO and acting LTL president. Founder Brad Jacobs will become executive chairman. Mario was one of the first employees that founder Jacobs hired when he founded XPO in 2011 - less than 12 years ago. Mario has been part of XPO's vision to become a technology-enabled leader in the industry and he has been part of every single part of the business transformation including a better operating ratio, and network fluidity when it mattered most, as well as customer satisfaction and employee engagement. In its truck brokerage segment, the company saw a 16% higher load count. The seventh-consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in volumes. It boosted revenue by 23% with an EBITDA margin of 10.6%. The first quarter with a double-digit EBITDA margin. One of the main reasons why XPO did so well in brokerage despite pressure on container volumes due to economic growth slowing and related inventory de-stocking is its technology platform. In 2Q, the number of loads created or covered digitally rose by 80%. That's up from 74% in the first quarter. 98,000 independent carriers registered on XPO's platform XPO Connect during 2Q. That's up from 88,000 in Q1 - 11.4% consecutive growth. More than 800,000 truck drivers have now downloaded the Drive XPO app for XPO Connect. That's 63% growth versus 2Q21. It helped the company to raise full-year guidance despite economic weakness. The company is now looking to do between $1.40 and $1.43 billion in adjusted EBITDA, including the gain on sales of real estate and the aforementioned goal to do at least $1.0 billion in LTL EBITDA. The operating ratio is expected to improve by more than 100 basis points in North American LTL. Free cash flow is expected to be at least $425 to $475 million, excluding all transaction-related impacts. Balance sheet health remains stellar. Net debt was $2.5 billion as of June 30, 2022. This implies 1.8x leverage. Total available liquidity is $1.4 billion. This includes the intermodal sale and it lowers the leverage ratio from 2.7x in 2021, which is remarkable and a step in the right direction as past acquisitions and investments had caused the leverage ratio to rise. Now, free cash flow is reversing that, which is great news for all parties involved. With that said, the brokerage business won't be part of XPO anymore in 2023 as the spin-off has been announced for 4Q22. The Spin-Off The spin-off company will be called RXO as briefly mentioned in this article. RXO will cover XPO's brokerage business and become the fourth-largest US truck broker. Brokerage is a great place to be as it is a flexible, asset-light business with high returns on capital designed to use secular growth for growth in all stages of the business cycle. According to TruckingOffice: A truck broker, also known as a freight broker, is the middle man. He's in an agreement between a shipper who has goods to transport and a carrier who has the ability to move the load. While many shippers in the United States have direct contracts with trucking companies to transport their goods, using a freight broker can give shippers more flexibility. This can also help their shipments and help them save money. Truck brokers don't have their own trucks and drivers. As discussed in the first half of this article, XPO's brokerage is a huge success. Growth rates are impressive and adoption of its platform is going smoothly. RXO/XPO currently has a 4% market share in what is estimated to be an $88 billion market. If the company is able to execute, I have no doubt that outperforming growth will last. Moreover, it's not just that RXO/XPO is benefiting from outperforming growth in a large industry. The industry itself is growing rapidly. In 2021, the broker penetration of the US truckload industry was 22%. That number could be 28% in 2026. XPO Logistics Between 2013 and 2021, the industry grew by 9.6% per year - from $42 billion to $88 billion. RXO grew by 27.4% during this period. RXO started much smaller with revenue of less than $400 million, but outperforming growth is impressive nonetheless - and it's expected to last. Moreover, and with regard to its digital platform, the company had roughly 1,000 registered customer users in 1Q19. In 2Q22, that number made it to almost 13,000. Now, close to 140,000 carriers are registered users. Up from less than 20,000 in 2019. That's roughly three years ago, to put things into perspective. With that said, 80% of the spin-off will include brokerage. The remaining 20% will consist of: Managed transportation, which provides asset-light, scalable solutions for shippers who choose to outsource their freight transportation requirements to gain reliability, and cost savings. Last mile, which is an asset-light service that facilitates delivery to customers performed by third-party contractors. RXO will be the largest provider of outsourced last mile for heavy goods in North America. Global forwarding is an asset-light service managed with advanced technology that facilitates ocean, road, and air transportation and assists shippers with customs brokerage processes. RXO is a global freight forwarder with a network of company-owned and partner-owned locations and coverage of key trade lanes that reach 190 countries.

Shareholder Returns

XPOUS TransportationUS Market
7D-6.9%-1.5%1.4%
1Y-34.0%-12.5%-8.4%

Return vs Industry: XPO underperformed the US Transportation industry which returned -12.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: XPO underperformed the US Market which returned -8.4% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is XPO's price volatile compared to industry and market?
XPO volatility
XPO Average Weekly Movement7.5%
Transportation Industry Average Movement7.5%
Market Average Movement7.6%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market17.1%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market3.1%

Stable Share Price: XPO is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 7% a week.

Volatility Over Time: XPO's weekly volatility (7%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

FoundedEmployeesCEOWebsite
200043,000Brad Jacobshttps://www.xpo.com

XPO Logistics, Inc. provides freight transportation services in the United States, rest of North America, France, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North American LTL and Brokerage and Other Services. The North American LTL segment provides customers with less-than-truckload (LTL) services, such as geographic density and day-definite regional, inter-regional, and transcontinental LTL freight services.

XPO Logistics, Inc. Fundamentals Summary

How do XPO Logistics's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
XPO fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$6.44b
Earnings (TTM)US$777.00m
Revenue (TTM)US$13.34b

8.3x

P/E Ratio

0.5x

P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
XPO income statement (TTM)
RevenueUS$13.34b
Cost of RevenueUS$10.75b
Gross ProfitUS$2.59b
Other ExpensesUS$1.81b
EarningsUS$777.00m

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 30, 2022

Next Earnings Date

n/a

Earnings per share (EPS)6.75
Gross Margin19.43%
Net Profit Margin5.83%
Debt/Equity Ratio158.6%

How did XPO perform over the long term?

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