Kirby (KEX) versus The Competition Head to Head Survey

Kirby (NYSE: KEX) is one of 24 public companies in the “Water transportation” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Kirby to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

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Kirby has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kirby’s rivals have a beta of 1.16, meaning that their average share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kirby and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kirby $2.21 billion $313.18 million 41.68
Kirby Competitors $2.48 billion $323.23 million -2.82

Kirby’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Kirby. Kirby is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.0% of Kirby shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Kirby shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Kirby and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kirby 14.14% 4.17% 2.41%
Kirby Competitors -0.68% 4.01% 1.63%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kirby and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kirby 1 3 5 0 2.44
Kirby Competitors 237 774 1140 37 2.45

Kirby currently has a consensus price target of $81.25, indicating a potential downside of 4.92%. As a group, “Water transportation” companies have a potential upside of 15.36%. Given Kirby’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kirby has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


Kirby rivals beat Kirby on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Kirby

Kirby Corporation operates domestic tank barges in the United States. It operates in two segments, Marine Transportation and Distribution and Services. The Marine Transportation segment provides marine transportation services and towing vessels transporting bulk liquid products, as well as operates tank barges throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along three United States coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii. This segment also transports petrochemicals, black oil, refined petroleum products, and agricultural chemicals by tank barges; and operates offshore dry-bulk barge and tugboat units that are engaged in the offshore transportation of dry-bulk cargoes in the United States coastal trade. It serves oil refining and petrochemical companies. As of February 23, 2018, this segment owned or operated 998 inland tank barges with 22.0 million barrels of capacity, 302 inland towboats, 56 coastal tank barges with 5.4 million barrels of capacity, 53 coastal tugboats, 5 offshore dry-bulk cargo barges, 5 offshore tugboats, and 1 docking tugboat. The Distribution and Services segment sells replacement parts; provides service mechanics to overhaul and repair medium-speed and high-speed diesel engines, transmissions, reduction gears, and related oilfield services equipment; rebuilds component parts or diesel engines, transmissions, reduction gears, and related equipment used in oilfield services, marine, mining, power generation, on-highway, and other industrial applications; rents generators, fork lifts, and pumps and compressors; and manufactures and remanufactures pressure pumping units. It serves oilfield service, on-highway transportation, marine transportation, construction, and power generation companies, and the United States government. The company was formerly known as Kirby Exploration Company, Inc. and changed its name to Kirby Corporation in 1990. Kirby Corporation was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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