Atlas Air (NASDAQ: AAWW) and Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Atlas Air has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bristow Group has a beta of 3, indicating that its share price is 200% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Atlas Air and Bristow Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlas Air 0 0 4 0 3.00
Bristow Group 0 3 0 0 2.00

Atlas Air presently has a consensus price target of $79.50, indicating a potential upside of 24.37%. Bristow Group has a consensus price target of $12.33, indicating a potential downside of 23.96%. Given Atlas Air’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Atlas Air is more favorable than Bristow Group.

Dividends

Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Atlas Air does not pay a dividend. Bristow Group pays out -3.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Atlas Air and Bristow Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlas Air 10.36% 8.27% 2.85%
Bristow Group -12.13% -7.91% -3.25%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atlas Air and Bristow Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlas Air $2.16 billion 0.75 $223.47 million $4.93 12.97
Bristow Group $1.40 billion 0.41 -$170.53 million ($2.13) -7.62

Atlas Air has higher revenue and earnings than Bristow Group. Bristow Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atlas Air, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Atlas Air beats Bristow Group on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atlas Air

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services worldwide. It operates through three segments: ACMI, Charter, and Dry Leasing. The company offers outsourced cargo and passenger aircraft operating solutions comprising contractual service arrangements, which include the provision of aircraft; and value-added services, such as crew, maintenance, and insurance to aircraft and other customers. It also provides cargo and passenger aircraft charter services to the U.S. Military Air Mobility Command, charter brokers, freight forwarders, direct shippers, airlines, sports teams and fans, and private charter customers; and aircraft and engines dry leasing services. The company also serves express delivery providers, as well as e-commerce retailers. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. provides industrial aviation services to the offshore energy companies in Europe Caspian, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers helicopter transportation services to transport personnel between onshore bases and offshore production platforms, drilling rigs, and other installations, as well as to transport time-sensitive equipment to these offshore locations. It also provides search and rescue services for oil and gas industry, and governmental agencies; and aircraft support services. The company was formerly known as Offshore Logistics Inc. and changed its name to Bristow Group Inc. in February 2006. Bristow Group Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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