Head to Head Comparison: Mesa Air Group (MESA) versus Delta Air Lines (DAL)

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Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ:MESA) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Mesa Air Group and Delta Air Lines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesa Air Group N/A N/A N/A
Delta Air Lines 7.87% 27.72% 6.74%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.3% of Delta Air Lines shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Delta Air Lines shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mesa Air Group 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
Mesa Air Group $643.57 million 0.50 $32.82 million N/A N/A
Delta Air Lines $41.24 billion 0.89 $3.58 billion $4.93 10.83

Delta Air Lines has higher revenue and earnings than Mesa Air Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Mesa Air Group and Delta Air Lines, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesa Air Group 0 0 4 1 3.20
Delta Air Lines 0 0 14 0 3.00

Mesa Air Group presently has a consensus target price of $17.80, suggesting a potential upside of 28.43%. Delta Air Lines has a consensus target price of $68.71, suggesting a potential upside of 28.70%. Given Delta Air Lines’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Delta Air Lines is more favorable than Mesa Air Group.

Dividends

Delta Air Lines pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Mesa Air Group does not pay a dividend. Delta Air Lines pays out 28.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Delta Air Lines has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Delta Air Lines beats Mesa Air Group on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mesa Air Group Company Profile

Mesa Air Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Mesa Airlines, Inc., which provides regional air services under capacity purchase agreements with the American Airlines and the United Airlines. As of March 31, 2018, it operated 145 aircraft with approximately 610 daily departures to 110 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Cuba. Mesa Air Group, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Delta Air Lines Company Profile

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Airline and Refinery. Its route network is centered on a system of hubs, international gateways, and airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tokyo-Narita. The company sells its tickets through various distribution channels, including delta.com and mobile applications/Web, telephone reservations, online travel agencies, traditional brick and mortar, and other agencies. It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services; staffing, aviation, and professional security and training services to third parties; and vacation packages to third-party consumers, as well as aircraft charters, and management and programs. As of February 9, 2018, the company operated a fleet of approximately 800 aircraft. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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