US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) and Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for US Airways Group and Spirit Airlines, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Airways Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spirit Airlines 0 8 4 0 2.33

Spirit Airlines has a consensus target price of $45.60, suggesting a potential upside of 34.87%. Given Spirit Airlines’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Spirit Airlines is more favorable than US Airways Group.


This table compares US Airways Group and Spirit Airlines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A
Spirit Airlines 11.14% 21.35% 8.81%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.0% of Spirit Airlines shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Spirit Airlines shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares US Airways Group and Spirit Airlines’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spirit Airlines $2.49 billion 0.94 $509.32 million $3.45 9.80

Spirit Airlines has higher revenue and earnings than US Airways Group.


Spirit Airlines beats US Airways Group on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

US Airways Group Company Profile

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways Group) is a holding company whose primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier through its wholly owned subsidiaries US Airways, Piedmont Airlines, Inc. (Piedmont), PSA Airlines, Inc. (PSA), Material Services Company, Inc. (MSC) and Airways Assurance Limited (AAL). MSC and AAL operate in support of its airline subsidiaries in areas, such as the procurement of aviation fuel and insurance. Effective December 9, 2013, AMR Corp merged with US Airways Group Inc.

Spirit Airlines Company Profile

Spirit Airlines, Inc. is an airline company. The Company provides air transportation for passengers. As of December 31, 2016, its all-Airbus Fit Fleet operated over 420 daily flights to 59 destinations in the United States, Caribbean and Latin America. As of December 31, 2016, it had a fleet of 95 Airbus single-aisle aircraft, which are referred to as A320 family aircraft and include the A319, A320 and A321 models, which have common design and equipment but differ most notably in fuselage length, service range and seat capacity. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet consisted of 29 A319s, 45 A320ceos, five A320neos and 16 A321ceos. Its Bare Fares offerings are unbundled base fares that remove components included in the price of an airline ticket. It also offers Frill Control, which allows customers to pay only for the options they choose, such as bags, advance seat assignments and refreshments. As of December 31, 2016, its route network included 200 markets served by 59 airports.

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