Critical Comparison: American Airlines Group (AAL) and Republic Airways (RJETQ)

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) and Republic Airways (OTCMKTS:RJETQ) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.


American Airlines Group pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Republic Airways does not pay a dividend. American Airlines Group pays out 10.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Airlines Group and Republic Airways, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Airlines Group 1 5 8 0 2.50
Republic Airways 0 0 0 0 N/A

American Airlines Group currently has a consensus price target of $60.43, indicating a potential upside of 21.81%. Given American Airlines Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Airlines Group is more favorable than Republic Airways.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.3% of American Airlines Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of American Airlines Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Airlines Group 4.71% 64.92% 4.62%
Republic Airways -127.81% -1,049.84% -43.36%

Risk and Volatility

American Airlines Group has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Republic Airways has a beta of 3.56, suggesting that its stock price is 256% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Airlines Group and Republic Airways’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Airlines Group $40.18 billion 0.59 $2.68 billion $3.93 12.62
Republic Airways N/A N/A N/A ($13.48) 0.00

American Airlines Group has higher revenue and earnings than Republic Airways. Republic Airways is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Airlines Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


American Airlines Group beats Republic Airways on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines Group Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier, providing scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo. The Company operates through American segment, which provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. The Company’s cargo division provides a range of freight and mail services with facilities and interline connections available across the globe. Together with its regional airline subsidiaries and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle, its airline operated an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries, principally from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, District of Columbia, as of December 31, 2016. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, approximately 199 million passengers boarded its mainline and regional flights.

About Republic Airways

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company offers scheduled passenger services through its operating air carrier subsidiaries, Shuttle America Corporation (Shuttle) and Republic Airline Inc. (Republic). The Company’s subsidiaries offer scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,090 flights daily to approximately 120 cities in over 40 states and Canada under scheduled passenger service through its fixed-fee code-share agreements with United Continental Holdings, Inc. (United), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta), and American Airlines Group, Inc. (American). The Company provides its partners with fixed-fee regional airline services, operating as United Express, Delta Connection, or American Eagle, including service out of their hubs and focus cities. It provides approximately 550 flights per day as American Eagle. It provides approximately 250 flights per day as Delta Connection. It provides approximately 300 flights per day as United Express.

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