C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. ( is currently benefiting from improving freight market conditions and strong investor-friendly measures. CHRW Quick Quote CHRW - Free Report) Against this backdrop, let’s look at the factors that make this stock an attractive pick. An Outperformer: C.H. Robinson has risen 6.8% in the past year against the industry’s decline of 21.5%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Solid Rank: C.H. Robinson currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Our research shows that stocks with a Zacks Rank of 1 or 2 offer attractive investment opportunities. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Northward Estimate Revisions: Nine estimates for 2022 have moved upward in the past 60 days, indicative of analysts’ confidence in the stock. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings has moved up 13.9% in the past 60 days. Positive Earnings Surprise History: C.H. Robinson has an encouraging earnings surprise history. Earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters (missed the mark once), the average surprise being 17.1%. Strong Prospects: The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings is pegged at $7.21, implying growth of 14.3% from the year-ago reported figure. C.H. Robinson’s long-term expected earnings per share (EPS) growth rate is 9%. Driving Factors: C.H. Robinson’s measures to reward its shareholders through dividends and share buybacks are encouraging. In December 2021, CHRW hiked its dividend to 55 cents per share (annually: $2.20) from 51 cents (annually: $2.04). Its board also boosted the share repurchase authorization by an additional 20 million shares.
Last year, CHRW returned approximately $886 million to its shareholders through a combination of dividends ($277 million) and share buybacks ($609 million). Continuing its shareholder-friendly approach, C.H. Robinson returned $250.6 million to its shareholders in the first quarter through a combination of cash dividends ($72.9 million) and share repurchases ($177.7 million).
With improved freight market conditions, C.H. Robinson is benefiting from higher pricing and volumes across most of its service lines. Total revenues jumped 42.5% year over year in 2021, with higher revenues across all segments. In first-quarter 2022, the top line improved 41.8% owing to favorable truckload pricing to customers and handsome profits in ocean freight.
High freight rates aided results. At (North American Surface Transportation) NAST, total revenues were $4.1 billion (up 28.1% year over year). Segmental revenues benefited from higher truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) pricing as well as increased truckload shipments. Total revenues at Global Forwarding were $2.2 billion, up more than 89% year over year. Results were boosted by higher pricing and volume in CHRW’s ocean and air services.
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