Reviewing Ryanair Holdings PLC (NASDAQ:RYAAY) & The Competition

Ryanair Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: RYAAY) is one of 31 public companies in the “Airlines” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Ryanair Holdings PLC to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ryanair Holdings PLC and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ryanair Holdings PLC $8.26 billion $2.63 billion 16.02
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors $8.62 billion $1.61 billion -84.36

Ryanair Holdings PLC’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ryanair Holdings PLC. Ryanair Holdings PLC 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.4% of Ryanair Holdings PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.7% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Ryanair Holdings PLC and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ryanair Holdings PLC 4 1 5 0 2.10
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors 309 1070 2176 96 2.56

Ryanair Holdings PLC currently has a consensus price target of $96.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.54%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 8.87%. Given Ryanair Holdings PLC’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Ryanair Holdings PLC is more favorable than its competitors.


This table compares Ryanair Holdings PLC and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ryanair Holdings PLC 21.44% 34.02% 13.43%
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors 3.98% 11.14% 3.66%

Volatility & Risk

Ryanair Holdings PLC has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ryanair Holdings PLC’s competitors have a beta of 1.20, indicating that their average stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Ryanair Holdings PLC competitors beat Ryanair Holdings PLC on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Ryanair Holdings PLC

Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair Holdings) is a holding company for Ryanair Limited (Ryanair). Ryanair operates an ultra-low fare, scheduled-passenger airline serving short-haul, point-to-point routes between Ireland, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Morocco and Israel. Ryanair provides various ancillary services and engages in other activities connected with its core air passenger service, including non-flight scheduled services, Internet-related services, and the in-flight sale of beverages, food and merchandise. Ryanair markets accommodation services and travel insurance through its Website. It provides hotel and accommodation services. Ryanair provides its own aircraft and passenger handling and ticketing services at Dublin Airport. As of June 30, 2016, Ryanair had a principal fleet of over 350 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and offered over 2,000 scheduled short-haul flights per day serving approximately 200 airports throughout Europe.

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