Era Group (NYSE: ERA) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Era Group and Delta Air Lines, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Delta Air Lines 0 3 13 0 2.81

Delta Air Lines has a consensus target price of $54.18, indicating a potential upside of 0.57%. Given Delta Air Lines’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Delta Air Lines is more favorable than Era Group.

Dividends

Delta Air Lines pays an annual dividend of $0.81 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Era Group does not pay a dividend. Delta Air Lines pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Era Group has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Era Group and Delta Air Lines’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Era Group $239.17 million 0.84 $38.50 million N/A N/A
Delta Air Lines $39.54 billion 0.99 $7.81 billion $5.38 10.01

Delta Air Lines has higher revenue and earnings than Era Group.

Volatility & Risk

Era Group has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delta Air Lines has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.1% of Era Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.8% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of Era Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Era Group and Delta Air Lines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Era Group -4.09% -2.18% -1.06%
Delta Air Lines 10.19% 28.67% 6.92%

Summary

Delta Air Lines beats Era Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Era Group Company Profile

Era Group Inc. is engaged in operating helicopters. The Company’s helicopters transport personnel to, from and between offshore oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs and other installations. The Company also dry-leases helicopters to third-party helicopter operators and foreign affiliates. The primary users of the Company’s helicopter services are international, integrated and independent oil and gas exploration, development and production companies. In addition to serving the oil and gas industry, it provides air medical services; utility services, including support of firefighting, mining, power line and pipeline survey activities, and Alaska flightseeing tours, among other activities. It owns and operates a range of classes of helicopters, such as Heavy helicopters, Medium helicopters and Light helicopters. Heavy helicopters have twin engines and passenger capacity ranging from 16 to 19. Medium helicopters have twin engines and passenger capacity ranging from 11 to 12.

Delta Air Lines Company Profile

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world. The Company’s segments include Airline and Refinery. The Company’s route network is centered around a system of hub, international gateway and airports that the Company operates in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York- John F Kennedy International Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Each of these operations includes flights that gather and distribute traffic from markets in the geographic region surrounding the hub or gateway to domestic and international cities and to other hubs or gateways. The Company’s route network includes its international joint ventures, its alliances with other foreign airlines, its membership in SkyTeam and agreements with multiple domestic regional carriers that operate as Delta Connection.

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