Virgin America (NASDAQ: VA) and Era Group (NYSE:ERA) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and profitabiliy.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Virgin America and Era Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Virgin America N/A N/A N/A $7.13 7.99
Era Group $239.17 million 0.90 $38.50 million N/A N/A

Era Group has higher revenue and earnings than Virgin America.

Risk and Volatility

Virgin America has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Era Group has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.6% of Virgin America shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of Era Group shares are held by institutional investors. 31.2% of Virgin America shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of Era Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Virgin America and Era Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Virgin America 11.64% 22.78% 10.96%
Era Group -4.09% -2.18% -1.06%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Virgin America and Era Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Virgin America 1 4 0 0 1.80
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Virgin America presently has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.04%. Given Virgin America’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Virgin America is more favorable than Era Group.


Virgin America beats Era Group on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Virgin America Company Profile

Virgin America Inc. is an airline that provides scheduled air travel in the United States and Mexico. The Company operates in air transportation service segment. The Company operates from Los Angeles and San Francisco with a presence at Dallas Love Field (DAL) to other destinations in North America. The Company provides service to over 20 airports in the United States and Mexico with a fleet of over 60 narrow-body aircraft. It offers three levels of service: First Class, Main Cabin Select and Main Cabin. The Company’s First Class level of service includes eight-seat cabin with an inflight teammate to provide service. Its Main Cabin Select includes approximately 40 inches of pitch for leg room. The Company’s Main Cabin includes approximately 30 inches of pitch and individual Red inflight entertainment system at every seatback. The Company maintains a guest loyalty program called the Elevate frequent flyer program.

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.

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