Era Group (NYSE: ERA) and Aercap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Era Group and Aercap Holdings N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Era Group -4.09% -2.18% -1.06%
Aercap Holdings N.V. 21.39% 14.60% 2.96%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.1% of Era Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.4% of Aercap Holdings N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of Era Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Era Group has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aercap Holdings N.V. has a beta of 1.8, meaning that its share price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Era Group and Aercap Holdings N.V.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Era Group $239.17 million 0.78 $38.50 million N/A N/A
Aercap Holdings N.V. $4.96 billion 1.55 $2.35 billion $5.93 7.78

Aercap Holdings N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Era Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Era Group and Aercap Holdings N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Era Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aercap Holdings N.V. 0 1 7 0 2.88

Aercap Holdings N.V. has a consensus target price of $57.38, indicating a potential upside of 24.35%. Given Aercap Holdings N.V.’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aercap Holdings N.V. is more favorable than Era Group.

Summary

Aercap Holdings N.V. beats Era Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Era Group

Era Group Inc. is engaged in operating helicopters. The Company’s helicopters transport personnel to, from and between offshore oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs and other installations. The Company also dry-leases helicopters to third-party helicopter operators and foreign affiliates. The primary users of the Company’s helicopter services are international, integrated and independent oil and gas exploration, development and production companies. In addition to serving the oil and gas industry, it provides air medical services; utility services, including support of firefighting, mining, power line and pipeline survey activities, and Alaska flightseeing tours, among other activities. It owns and operates a range of classes of helicopters, such as Heavy helicopters, Medium helicopters and Light helicopters. Heavy helicopters have twin engines and passenger capacity ranging from 16 to 19. Medium helicopters have twin engines and passenger capacity ranging from 11 to 12.

About Aercap Holdings N.V.

AerCap Holdings N.V. is an independent aircraft leasing company. The Company focuses on acquiring in-demand aircraft, funding them, hedging interest rate risk and using its platform to deploy these assets. It operates its business on a global basis, leasing aircraft to customers in various geographical regions. The Company is engaged in leasing, financing, sales and management of commercial aircraft and engines. It owned 1,022 aircraft, managed 95 aircraft and had approximately 420 new aircraft on order, which included 204 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, 109 Boeing 737MAX aircraft, 50 Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, 38 Boeing 787 aircraft and 19 Airbus A350 aircraft, as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, its owned and managed aircraft were leased to approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries. AeroTurbine, Inc. is the subsidiary of the Company.

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