Analyzing PHI INC/SH (PHIIK) & Era Group (ERA)

PHI INC/SH (NASDAQ:PHIIK) and Era Group (NYSE:ERA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for PHI INC/SH and Era Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PHI INC/SH 0 0 0 0 N/A
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

PHI INC/SH has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Era Group has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares PHI INC/SH and Era Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PHI INC/SH 0.31% -7.81% -3.35%
Era Group -13.39% -2.57% -1.40%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.2% of PHI INC/SH shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of Era Group shares are held by institutional investors. 21.3% of PHI INC/SH shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of Era Group shares are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PHI INC/SH and Era Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PHI INC/SH $579.54 million 0.21 $7.53 million N/A N/A
Era Group $231.32 million 1.10 -$28.16 million N/A N/A

PHI INC/SH has higher revenue and earnings than Era Group.

Summary

PHI INC/SH beats Era Group on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

PHI INC/SH Company Profile

PHI, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation services to, from, and among offshore facilities for customers in the oil and gas exploration, development, and production industry in the United States and internationally. It operates through three business segments: Oil and Gas, Air Medical, and Technical Services. The Oil and Gas segment provides helicopter services primarily for the integrated and independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, and other offshore oil service companies for routine transportation of personnel and equipment, transportation of personnel during medical and safety emergencies, and evacuation of personnel during the threat of hurricanes and other adverse weather conditions. The Air Medical segment provides air medical transportation services for hospitals and emergency service agencies in 18 states. The Technical Services segment provides helicopter repair and overhaul services for flight operations customers, as well as operates aircraft for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. It also provides software as a service to certain of its oil and gas customers for passenger check-in and compliance verification. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned or operated 245 aircraft, including 133 dedicated to Oil and Gas operations, 106 dedicated to Air Medical operations, and 6 dedicated to Technical Services operations. PHI, Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Era Group Company Profile

Era Group Inc. provides helicopter transportation services primarily to the oil and gas exploration, development, and production companies. Its helicopter services include emergency response search and rescue; Alaska flightseeing tours; and other services, as well as utility services to support firefighting, mining, power line, and pipeline survey activities. The company also leases helicopters to third parties and foreign affiliates; engineers, manufactures, and distributes after-market helicopter parts and accessories; and provides classroom instruction, flight simulator, and other training services. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned or leased a total of 132 helicopters, including 16 heavy helicopters, 47 medium helicopters, 29 light twin engine helicopters, and 40 light single engine helicopters. It also serves cruise line passengers. The company operates in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Canada. Era Group Inc. was founded in 1948 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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