Head-To-Head Survey: JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) and US Airways Group (LCC)

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

Profitability

This table compares JetBlue Airways Corporation and US Airways Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JetBlue Airways Corporation 9.78% 16.75% 6.99%
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.5% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares JetBlue Airways Corporation and US Airways Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JetBlue Airways Corporation $6.82 billion 0.93 $1.54 billion $1.97 9.84
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

JetBlue Airways Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than US Airways Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for JetBlue Airways Corporation and US Airways Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JetBlue Airways Corporation 1 8 5 0 2.29
US Airways Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

JetBlue Airways Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $25.27, suggesting a potential upside of 30.41%. Given JetBlue Airways Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe JetBlue Airways Corporation is more favorable than US Airways Group.

Summary

JetBlue Airways Corporation beats US Airways Group on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

JetBlue Airways Corporation Company Profile

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.

US Airways Group Company Profile

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways Group) is a holding company whose primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier through its wholly owned subsidiaries US Airways, Piedmont Airlines, Inc. (Piedmont), PSA Airlines, Inc. (PSA), Material Services Company, Inc. (MSC) and Airways Assurance Limited (AAL). MSC and AAL operate in support of its airline subsidiaries in areas, such as the procurement of aviation fuel and insurance. Effective December 9, 2013, AMR Corp merged with US Airways Group Inc.

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