Comparing JetBlue Airways (JBLU) and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)

JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ:ATSG) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares JetBlue Airways and Air Transport Services Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JetBlue Airways 16.35% 13.57% 6.01%
Air Transport Services Group 1.73% 18.48% 4.20%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for JetBlue Airways and Air Transport Services Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JetBlue Airways 1 7 4 0 2.25
Air Transport Services Group 0 3 3 0 2.50

JetBlue Airways currently has a consensus price target of $24.09, suggesting a potential upside of 15.60%. Air Transport Services Group has a consensus price target of $27.17, suggesting a potential upside of 16.85%. Given Air Transport Services Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Air Transport Services Group is more favorable than JetBlue Airways.

Risk & Volatility

JetBlue Airways has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Air Transport Services Group has a beta of 1.74, meaning that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares JetBlue Airways and Air Transport Services Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JetBlue Airways $7.02 billion 0.96 $1.15 billion $3.52 5.92
Air Transport Services Group $1.07 billion 1.29 $18.49 million ($0.22) -105.68

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.0% of JetBlue Airways shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of Air Transport Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of JetBlue Airways shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Air Transport Services Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

JetBlue Airways beats Air Transport Services Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About JetBlue Airways

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 Air Transport Services Group

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) is a holding company. The Company provides airline operations, aircraft leases, aircraft maintenance and other support services primarily to the cargo transportation and package delivery industries. It offers aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) for specified cargo operations. Its segments include ACMI Services and CAM. Through its subsidiaries, it offers a range of complementary services to delivery companies, freight forwarders, airlines and government customers. Its leasing subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc. (CAM) leases cargo aircraft to its airlines, as well as to non-affiliated airlines and other lessees. Airborne Global Solutions, Inc. (AGS) is its subsidiary that assists the Company’s businesses in marketing plans and provides sales leads to its subsidiaries by identifying customers’ business and operational requirements. It owns two airlines, ABX Air, Inc. (ABX) and Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI).

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