US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) are both companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for US Airways Group and Delta Air Lines, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Airways Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Delta Air Lines 0 0 14 0 3.00

Delta Air Lines has a consensus price target of $65.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.55%.


Delta Air Lines pays an annual dividend of $1.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. US Airways Group does not pay a dividend. Delta Air Lines pays out 24.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. US Airways Group has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.8% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares US Airways Group and Delta Air Lines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A
Delta Air Lines 8.97% 26.50% 6.77%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares US Airways Group and Delta Air Lines’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Delta Air Lines $39.64 billion 0.90 $4.37 billion $4.99 9.98

Delta Air Lines has higher revenue and earnings than US Airways Group.


Delta Air Lines beats US Airways Group on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About US Airways Group

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.

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.

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