Ryanair Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: RYAAY) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Airlines” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Ryanair Holdings PLC to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Ryanair Holdings PLC has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ryanair Holdings PLC’s rivals have a beta of 1.20, suggesting that their average stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.4% of Ryanair Holdings PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ryanair Holdings PLC and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ryanair Holdings PLC $8.26 billion $2.63 billion 16.75
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors $8.60 billion $1.61 billion -87.99

Ryanair Holdings PLC’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ryanair Holdings PLC. Ryanair Holdings PLC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Ryanair Holdings PLC and its rivals’ 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%
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors 3.84% 10.71% 3.57%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ryanair Holdings PLC and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ryanair Holdings PLC 4 1 7 0 2.25
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors 300 1045 2148 95 2.57

Ryanair Holdings PLC presently has a consensus target price of $96.00, indicating a potential downside of 11.57%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 12.58%. Given Ryanair Holdings PLC’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ryanair Holdings PLC is more favorable than its rivals.


Ryanair Holdings PLC rivals beat Ryanair Holdings PLC on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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