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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Delta Air Lines $39.88 billion 0.86 $7.48 billion $5.03 9.38
JetBlue Airways Corporation $6.82 billion 0.96 $1.54 billion $1.97 10.06

Delta Air Lines has higher revenue and earnings than JetBlue Airways Corporation. Delta Air Lines is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than JetBlue Airways Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Delta Air Lines 9.30% 28.33% 7.06%
JetBlue Airways Corporation 9.78% 16.75% 6.99%

Dividends

Delta Air Lines pays an annual dividend of $1.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. JetBlue Airways Corporation does not pay a dividend. Delta Air Lines pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. JetBlue Airways Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.5% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.5% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Delta Air Lines has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, JetBlue Airways Corporation has a beta of 0.53, indicating that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Delta Air Lines 0 1 15 0 2.94
JetBlue Airways Corporation 1 8 4 0 2.23

Delta Air Lines presently has a consensus price target of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 32.44%. JetBlue Airways Corporation has a consensus price target of $25.60, suggesting a potential upside of 29.23%. Given Delta Air Lines’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Delta Air Lines is more favorable than JetBlue Airways Corporation.

Summary

Delta Air Lines beats JetBlue Airways Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world. The Company’s segments include Airline and Refinery. The Company’s route network is centered around a system of hub, international gateway and airports that the Company operates in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York- John F Kennedy International Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Each of these operations includes flights that gather and distribute traffic from markets in the geographic region surrounding the hub or gateway to domestic and international cities and to other hubs or gateways. The Company’s route network includes its international joint ventures, its alliances with other foreign airlines, its membership in SkyTeam and agreements with multiple domestic regional carriers that operate as Delta Connection.

About JetBlue Airways Corporation

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.

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