Critical Survey: International Consoltd Airlns Grp (ICAGY) vs. Delta Air Lines (DAL)

International Consoltd Airlns Grp (OTCMKTS: ICAGY) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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0.1% of International Consoltd Airlns Grp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.6% of Delta Air Lines shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Delta Air Lines shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for International Consoltd Airlns Grp and Delta Air Lines, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Consoltd Airlns Grp 1 4 2 0 2.14
Delta Air Lines 0 0 15 0 3.00

Delta Air Lines has a consensus price target of $68.21, indicating a potential upside of 21.90%. Given Delta Air Lines’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Delta Air Lines is more favorable than International Consoltd Airlns Grp.

Dividends

International Consoltd Airlns Grp pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Delta Air Lines pays an annual dividend of $1.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. International Consoltd Airlns Grp pays out 9.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Delta Air Lines pays out 24.7% 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. Delta Air Lines has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. International Consoltd Airlns Grp is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares International Consoltd Airlns Grp and Delta Air Lines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Consoltd Airlns Grp 8.96% 139.43% 25.09%
Delta Air Lines 8.67% 26.27% 6.85%

Volatility & Risk

International Consoltd Airlns Grp has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delta Air Lines has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares International Consoltd Airlns Grp and Delta Air Lines’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Consoltd Airlns Grp $25.95 billion 0.28 $2.26 billion $4.59 3.83
Delta Air Lines $41.24 billion 0.96 $3.58 billion $4.94 11.33

Delta Air Lines has higher revenue and earnings than International Consoltd Airlns Grp. International Consoltd Airlns Grp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Delta Air Lines, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Delta Air Lines beats International Consoltd Airlns Grp on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

International Consoltd Airlns Grp Company Profile

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. is an airline company that holds the interests in airline and ancillary operations. Its segments include British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Other Group companies. It combines the airlines in the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland. It has approximately 550 aircrafts to over 280 destinations. The Company operates various aircraft fleet services, including Airbus A318, Airbus A319, Airbus A340-600, Boeing 787-800, Embraer E190 and Boeing 777-200, among others. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing airline marketing, airline operations, insurance, aircraft maintenance, storage and custody services, air freight operations and cargo transport services. The Company offers its services in cities, including London, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome and Dublin. The Company’s brands include British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, IAG Cargo and Avios.

Delta Air Lines Company Profile

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world. The Company’s segments include Airline and Refinery. The Company’s route network is centered around a system of hub, international gateway and airports that the Company operates in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York- John F Kennedy International Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Each of these operations includes flights that gather and distribute traffic from markets in the geographic region surrounding the hub or gateway to domestic and international cities and to other hubs or gateways. The Company’s route network includes its international joint ventures, its alliances with other foreign airlines, its membership in SkyTeam and agreements with multiple domestic regional carriers that operate as Delta Connection.

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