Era Group (NYSE: ERA) and Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Era Group and Hawaiian Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hawaiian Holdings 3 4 5 0 2.17

Hawaiian Holdings has a consensus target price of $53.18, suggesting a potential upside of 20.32%. Given Hawaiian Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hawaiian Holdings is more favorable than Era Group.

Profitability

This table compares Era Group and Hawaiian Holdings’ 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%
Hawaiian Holdings 9.42% 44.77% 10.91%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Era Group and Hawaiian Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Era Group $239.17 million 0.83 $38.50 million N/A N/A
Hawaiian Holdings $2.51 billion 0.94 $607.32 million $4.27 10.35

Hawaiian Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Era Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.8% of Era Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of Era Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Era Group has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hawaiian Holdings has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Hawaiian Holdings beats Era Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Era Group

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.

About Hawaiian Holdings

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.

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