SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Airlines” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare SkyWest to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

SkyWest pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. SkyWest pays out -11.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Airlines” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 33.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares SkyWest and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SkyWest -4.59% 11.10% 3.06%
SkyWest Competitors 3.84% 10.71% 3.57%

Volatility and Risk

SkyWest has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SkyWest’s competitors have a beta of 1.20, suggesting that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SkyWest and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SkyWest 0 2 2 1 2.80
SkyWest Competitors 294 1040 2144 95 2.57

SkyWest currently has a consensus price target of $43.50, suggesting a potential downside of 5.64%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 11.77%. Given SkyWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SkyWest is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.4% of SkyWest shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of SkyWest shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SkyWest and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SkyWest $3.13 billion $618.51 million -16.29
SkyWest Competitors $8.61 billion $1.57 billion -87.99

SkyWest’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than SkyWest. SkyWest is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

SkyWest beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc., through its subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines) and ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (ExpressJet), operates regional airline operations in the United States. The Company’s segments include SkyWest Airlines, ExpressJet and SkyWest Leasing. The SkyWest Airlines segment provides regional jet service to airports primarily located in the Midwestern and Western United States, as well as Mexico and Canada. The ExpressJet segment provides regional jet service to airports primarily located in the Eastern and Midwestern United States, as well as Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. The SkyWest Leasing segment includes its E175 aircraft ownership business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offered scheduled passenger service with approximately 3,160 daily departures to destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Company’s flights are operated as Delta Connection, United Express, American Eagle or Alaska Airlines.

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