AerCap (AER) & Its Competitors Head to Head Survey

AerCap (NYSE: AER) is one of 16 public companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare AerCap to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AerCap and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AerCap $5.04 billion $1.08 billion 8.33
AerCap Competitors $1.49 billion $248.94 million -0.65

AerCap has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. AerCap 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.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AerCap 1 2 7 0 2.60
AerCap Competitors 82 400 633 50 2.56

AerCap presently has a consensus target price of $60.22, suggesting a potential upside of 14.27%. As a group, “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 19.30%. Given AerCap’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AerCap has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

AerCap has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AerCap’s competitors have a beta of 1.87, meaning that their average stock price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.5% of AerCap shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.1% of shares of all “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AerCap 21.36% 12.31% 2.56%
AerCap Competitors 4.16% 3.30% -0.57%


AerCap beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About AerCap

AerCap Holdings N.V., an aircraft leasing company, engages in the lease, financing, sale, and management of commercial aircraft and engines in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, the United States, Ireland, and internationally. The company provides aircraft asset management services, including remarketing aircraft; collecting rental and maintenance rent payments, monitoring aircraft maintenance, monitoring and enforcing contract compliance, and accepting delivery and redelivery of aircraft; and conducting ongoing lessee financial performance reviews. Its aircraft asset management services also comprise periodically inspecting the leased aircraft; coordinating technical modifications to aircraft to meet new lessee requirements; conducting restructuring negotiations in connection with lease defaults; repossessing aircraft; arranging and monitoring insurance coverage; registering and de-registering aircraft; arranging for aircraft and aircraft engine valuations; and providing market research services. In addition, the company offers cash management services, including treasury services, such as the financing, refinancing, hedging, and ongoing cash management of vehicles; and administrative services comprising accounting and secretarial services consisting of the preparation of budgets and financial statements, and liaising with the rating agencies. Further, it provides engine leasing; certified aircraft engines, airframes, and engine parts; and supply chain solutions. Additionally, the company sells airframe parts to airlines, maintenance, and repair and maintenance service providers, as well as aircraft parts distributors. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and managed a fleet of 1,531 aircraft. AerCap Holdings N.V. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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