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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ryanair Holdings PLC and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ryanair Holdings PLC N/A N/A 16.36
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors $8.61 billion $1.57 billion -85.27

Ryanair Holdings PLC’s competitors have higher revenue and 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.

Profitability

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 3.83% 10.64% 3.56%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

40.4% of Ryanair Holdings PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.8% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ryanair Holdings PLC 4 1 7 0 2.25
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors 307 1054 2159 95 2.56

Ryanair Holdings PLC presently has a consensus target price of $96.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.43%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 14.70%. Given Ryanair Holdings PLC’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ryanair Holdings PLC is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

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

Summary

Ryanair Holdings PLC competitors beat Ryanair Holdings PLC on 7 of the 12 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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