Reviewing SkyWest (SKYW) & Its Competitors

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

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 1.9% and pay out 33.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for SkyWest and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SkyWest 0 2 2 1 2.80
SkyWest Competitors 307 1060 2160 95 2.56

SkyWest presently has a consensus target price of $43.50, indicating a potential downside of 5.74%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 13.67%. Given SkyWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SkyWest is more favorable than its competitors.

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.4% of SkyWest shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.8% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of SkyWest shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by company 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.

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 3.81% 10.52% 3.50%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SkyWest $3.13 billion $618.51 million -16.31
SkyWest Competitors $8.62 billion $1.61 billion -86.95

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.

SkyWest Company Profile

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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