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

Risk & Volatility

Ryanair Holdings PLC has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Era Group has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ryanair Holdings PLC 21.44% 34.02% 13.43%
Era Group -4.09% -2.18% -1.06%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ryanair Holdings PLC $7.99 billion 3.53 $2.54 billion $6.48 18.02
Era Group $239.17 million 0.82 $38.50 million N/A N/A

Ryanair Holdings PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Era Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Ryanair Holdings PLC and Era Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ryanair Holdings PLC 2 2 8 0 2.50
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ryanair Holdings PLC currently has a consensus target price of $96.00, indicating a potential downside of 17.77%. Given Ryanair Holdings PLC’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ryanair Holdings PLC is more favorable than Era Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.6% of Ryanair Holdings PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.5% of Era Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.5% of Era Group shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Ryanair Holdings PLC beats Era Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ryanair Holdings PLC

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.

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.

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