Financial Survey: Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ:ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW)

Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ: ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (NASDAQ:AAWW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Air Transport Services Group $829.40 million 1.66 $211.29 million $0.40 57.79
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings $1.90 billion 0.78 $369.24 million $0.48 122.08

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

Profitability

This table compares Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Air Transport Services Group 3.05% 11.82% 3.25%
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings 2.12% 7.66% 2.70%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.3% of Air Transport Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.9% of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Air Transport Services Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Air Transport Services Group has a beta of 1.99, suggesting that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Air Transport Services Group 0 2 4 0 2.67
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings 0 2 3 0 2.60

Air Transport Services Group currently has a consensus target price of $23.20, suggesting a potential upside of 0.37%. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has a consensus target price of $60.40, suggesting a potential upside of 3.07%. Given Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is more favorable than Air Transport Services Group.

Summary

Air Transport Services Group beats Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

About Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company provides outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services throughout the world, serving Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America through contractual service arrangements, including those through which it provides aircraft to customers and value-added services, including crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI), as well as those through which it provides crew, maintenance and insurance, but not the aircraft (CMI); cargo and passenger charter services (Charter), and dry leasing aircraft and engines (Dry Leasing). The Company’s segments include ACMI, Charter and Dry Leasing. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated fleet of 747 freighters and provided customers a range of 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger applications. Its subsidiaries include Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Southern Air, Inc. (Southern Air).

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