Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ: HA) and Ryanair Holdings PLC (NASDAQ:RYAAY) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hawaiian Holdings and Ryanair Holdings PLC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hawaiian Holdings $2.51 billion 0.99 $607.32 million $4.27 10.84
Ryanair Holdings PLC N/A N/A N/A $5.80 19.36

Hawaiian Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Ryanair Holdings PLC. Hawaiian Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ryanair Holdings PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.9% of Ryanair Holdings PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Hawaiian Holdings and Ryanair Holdings PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hawaiian Holdings 3 4 5 0 2.17
Ryanair Holdings PLC 2 3 7 0 2.42

Hawaiian Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $54.18, suggesting a potential upside of 17.02%. Ryanair Holdings PLC has a consensus price target of $96.00, suggesting a potential downside of 14.51%. Given Hawaiian Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Hawaiian Holdings is more favorable than Ryanair Holdings PLC.

Volatility & Risk

Hawaiian Holdings has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ryanair Holdings PLC has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Hawaiian Holdings and Ryanair Holdings PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hawaiian Holdings 9.42% 44.77% 10.91%
Ryanair Holdings PLC 20.01% 33.23% 13.04%

Hawaiian Holdings Company Profile

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands (the Neighbor Island routes), between the Hawaiian Islands and certain cities in the United States (the North America routes), and between the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (the International routes), collectively referred to as its Scheduled Operations. It offers non-stop service to Hawai’i from United States gateway cities. As of December 31, 2016, it also provided approximately 160 daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands. The Company operates various charter flights. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft for the Neighbor Island routes, eight Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and 23 Airbus A330-200 aircraft for the North America, International, and charter routes.

Ryanair Holdings PLC Company Profile

Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair Holdings) is a holding company for Ryanair Limited (Ryanair). Ryanair operates an ultra-low fare, scheduled-passenger airline serving short-haul, point-to-point routes between Ireland, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Morocco and Israel. Ryanair provides various ancillary services and engages in other activities connected with its core air passenger service, including non-flight scheduled services, Internet-related services, and the in-flight sale of beverages, food and merchandise. Ryanair markets accommodation services and travel insurance through its Website. It provides hotel and accommodation services. Ryanair provides its own aircraft and passenger handling and ticketing services at Dublin Airport. As of June 30, 2016, Ryanair had a principal fleet of over 350 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and offered over 2,000 scheduled short-haul flights per day serving approximately 200 airports throughout Europe.

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