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

Profitability

This table compares JetBlue Airways Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JetBlue Airways Corporation 9.78% 16.75% 6.99%
JetBlue Airways Corporation Competitors 3.96% 10.68% 3.57%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares JetBlue Airways Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
JetBlue Airways Corporation $6.82 billion $1.54 billion 10.06
JetBlue Airways Corporation Competitors $8.61 billion $1.57 billion -87.67

JetBlue Airways Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than JetBlue Airways Corporation. JetBlue Airways Corporation 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 breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for JetBlue Airways Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JetBlue Airways Corporation 1 8 5 0 2.29
JetBlue Airways Corporation Competitors 319 1139 2190 104 2.55

JetBlue Airways Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $25.36, indicating a potential upside of 27.97%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 11.08%. Given JetBlue Airways Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe JetBlue Airways Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.5% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of JetBlue Airways Corporation 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

JetBlue Airways Corporation competitors beat JetBlue Airways Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

JetBlue Airways Corporation Company Profile

JetBlue Airways Corporation is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Its segments include Domestic, and Caribbean & Latin America. It operates various kinds of aircrafts, including Airbus A321, Airbus A320 and Embraer E190. It also provides premium transcontinental product called Mint. As of December 31, 2016, Mint included 16 fully lie-flat seats, four of which were in suites with a privacy door. The Company also provides Fly-Fi in-flight Internet service across its Airbus fleet. It provides its customers a choice to purchase tickets from three branded fares, which include Blue, Blue Plus and Blue Flex. Each of these fare include different offerings, such as free checked bags, reduced change fees and additional TrueBlue points. As of December 31, 2016, its Airbus A321 aircraft in a single cabin layout had 200 seats and those with Mint premium service had a seating capacity of 159 seats.

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