Head-To-Head Survey: Era Group (ERA) versus JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU)

JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Era Group (NYSE:ERA) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares JetBlue Airways Corporation and Era Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JetBlue Airways Corporation 9.78% 16.75% 6.99%
Era Group -6.20% -3.13% -1.53%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares JetBlue Airways Corporation and Era Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JetBlue Airways Corporation $6.82 billion 0.98 $1.54 billion $1.97 10.29
Era Group $233.70 million 0.76 $37.33 million N/A N/A

JetBlue Airways Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Era Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.8% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.1% of Era Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of Era Group shares are owned by 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.

Volatility and Risk

JetBlue Airways Corporation has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Era Group has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for JetBlue Airways Corporation and Era Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JetBlue Airways Corporation 1 8 4 0 2.23
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

JetBlue Airways Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $25.60, suggesting a potential upside of 26.23%. Given JetBlue Airways Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe JetBlue Airways Corporation is more favorable than Era Group.

Summary

JetBlue Airways Corporation beats Era Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About JetBlue Airways Corporation

JetBlue Airways Corporation is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Its segments include Domestic, and Caribbean & Latin America. It operates various kinds of aircrafts, including Airbus A321, Airbus A320 and Embraer E190. It also provides premium transcontinental product called Mint. As of December 31, 2016, Mint included 16 fully lie-flat seats, four of which were in suites with a privacy door. The Company also provides Fly-Fi in-flight Internet service across its Airbus fleet. It provides its customers a choice to purchase tickets from three branded fares, which include Blue, Blue Plus and Blue Flex. Each of these fare include different offerings, such as free checked bags, reduced change fees and additional TrueBlue points. As of December 31, 2016, its Airbus A321 aircraft in a single cabin layout had 200 seats and those with Mint premium service had a seating capacity of 159 seats.

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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