Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) and Hawaiian (NASDAQ:HA) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Risk & Volatility
Alaska Air Group has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hawaiian has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Alaska Air Group and Hawaiian, as provided by MarketBeat.
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|Alaska Air Group
Alaska Air Group presently has a consensus target price of $83.50, suggesting a potential upside of 29.34%. Hawaiian has a consensus target price of $48.36, suggesting a potential upside of 29.31%. Given Alaska Air Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Alaska Air Group is more favorable than Hawaiian.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Alaska Air Group and Hawaiian’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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|Alaska Air Group
Alaska Air Group has higher revenue and earnings than Hawaiian. Hawaiian is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alaska Air Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Alaska Air Group and Hawaiian’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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|Alaska Air Group
Alaska Air Group pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Hawaiian pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Alaska Air Group pays out 14.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hawaiian pays out 7.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Hawaiian has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
88.3% of Alaska Air Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Hawaiian shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Alaska Air Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Hawaiian shares are held by 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.
Alaska Air Group beats Hawaiian on 10 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Alaska Air Group
Alaska Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Alaska Airlines (Alaska), Virgin America Inc., Horizon Air (Horizon) and other business units. The Company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional and Horizon. Its Mainline segment includes Alaska’s and Virgin America’s scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States, and in parts of Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba. Its Regional segment includes Horizon’s and other third-party carriers’ scheduled air transportation for passengers across a shorter distance network within the United States under capacity purchased arrangements (CPAs). Its Horizon segment includes the capacity sold to Alaska under CPA. Alaska and Virgin America operate fleets of narrowbody passenger jets. As of December 31, 2016, it maintained two frequent flyer plans: the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and the Virgin America Elevate.
Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands (the Neighbor Island routes), between the Hawaiian Islands and certain cities in the United States (the North America routes), and between the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (the International routes), collectively referred to as its Scheduled Operations. It offers non-stop service to Hawai’i from United States gateway cities. As of December 31, 2016, it also provided approximately 160 daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands. The Company operates various charter flights. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft for the Neighbor Island routes, eight Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and 23 Airbus A330-200 aircraft for the North America, International, and charter routes.
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