Reviewing SkyWest (SKYW) and International Airlines Group (ICAGY)

SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW) and International Airlines Group (OTCMKTS:ICAGY) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for SkyWest and International Airlines Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SkyWest 0 0 2 1 3.33
International Airlines Group 1 4 2 0 2.14

SkyWest presently has a consensus price target of $60.75, suggesting a potential upside of 5.29%. Given SkyWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe SkyWest is more favorable than International Airlines Group.

Profitability

This table compares SkyWest and International Airlines Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SkyWest 13.92% 12.52% 3.70%
International Airlines Group 12.18% 60.24% 13.59%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.7% of SkyWest shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of International Airlines Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of SkyWest shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SkyWest and International Airlines Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SkyWest $3.20 billion 0.94 $428.90 million $3.43 16.82
International Airlines Group $25.95 billion 0.29 $2.26 billion $5.81 3.17

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

Risk & Volatility

SkyWest has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, International Airlines Group has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

SkyWest pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. International Airlines Group pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. SkyWest pays out 11.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Airlines Group pays out 7.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. International Airlines Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

SkyWest beats International Airlines Group on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest’s airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with nearly 3,000 daily flights carrying more than 53 million passengers annually. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest employs nearly 17,000 employees.

About International Airlines Group

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo transportation services in the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, the United States, and rest of the world. The company operates under the British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, LEVEL, IAG Cargo, Avios, and Aer Lingus brands. As of February 12, 2018, it operated a fleet of 547 aircraft flying to 268 destinations. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in Madrid, Spain.

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