Era Group (NYSE: ERA) is one of 31 public companies in the “Airlines” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Era Group to related companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Era Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Era Group -6.21% -3.10% -1.52%
Era Group Competitors 3.54% 9.92% 3.44%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.8% of Era Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of Era Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Era Group and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Era Group $233.70 million $37.33 million -14.91
Era Group Competitors $8.57 billion $1.56 billion -91.88

Era Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Era Group. Era Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Era Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Era Group Competitors 313 1118 2158 103 2.56

As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 5.96%. Given Era Group’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Era Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Era Group has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Era Group’s peers have a beta of 1.20, meaning that their average stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Era Group peers beat Era Group on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

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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