The airline industry has recently received extensive press with the Boeing 737 Max crash and subsequent grounding of crafts. There are also concerns over the cost competition brought about by low-cost carriers. Furthermore, they can be vulnerable to oil price and geopolitical events.
CNBC was reporting a few weeks ago (in April) that analysts predicted Airline stocks could still rally another 20% this year.
In the long-term, analysts expect millennials who value experience to help bolster the airline industry.
Westjet Airlines (WJA-T)
Onex put a bid in to acquire the carrier, and regulators should approve the deal. They have been coming out with better numbers and guidance in the last quarter.
Good entry point, dividend safe? Last quarter OK. Problem is pilot unionization. Fuel price has gone up. Stock’s gone down because hasn’t had a knockout quarter. Never owns airlines because no consistently growing cash flow. Dividend is safe.
Air Canada (AC-T)
The largest airline in Canada. A well run company. They are in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat since May of this year. They experienced some problems with the Boeing 737 issue.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the acquisition of the Air Transat airline. Everyone is very cost competitive so he does not like airlines. There might be a bump here. If we are serious about climate change, then air travel is a major contributor. There may be a little money to be…
Chorus Aviation Inc (CHR-T)
They operate Air Canada Jazz. The new agreement with them will run for 17 years. They pay a good dividend and are doing very well with a big profit margin.
More money will chase yield stocks like this. This pay 6.9% on a 55% payout ratio. Six months ago, they extended their Air Canada deal to 2035. AC bears the load-factor risk, and Chorus will see very steady results. Chrous's airplane leasing business offers attractive spreads; AC invested $100 million here. (Analysts’ price target is…
Transat .A. T. Inc (TRZ.A-T)
Transat is in exclusive acquisition talks with Air Canada and the outlook is very positive.
*SHORT* (Pairs trade with a Long on Air Canada (AC-T). This has razor thin margins, so any little hiccup can throw them into losses. Last quarter there was warm weather, the currency, a threat of pilot strikes, Zika mosquitoes. Had very ugly Q1 numbers. Management indicated Q2 was going to be ugly as well. Everyone…
Canada Jetlines Ltd (JET-X)
A Canadian ultra low-cost airline out of Vancouver that is just getting off the ground. They recently announced that they successfully launched their system for ticket sales.
This is an ultra-low cost airline. The airlines have been doing very well recently. The chart shows the company is transitioning from one kind of company to another at around mid-December. He likes very-low-price companies but would be cautious about how much he would invest. Not more than 3% of his portfolio. He would expect…
Southwest Airlines (LUV-N)
The world’s largest low-cost carrier. They pay a good dividend. They are moving into more longer range flights and moving out of their traditional shorter range flights.
One of the best run companies in the US. Earnings have come under pressure from competition and higher fuel costs. If earnings were normalized, the P/E would be in the mid teens.
American Airlines Group (AAL-Q)
Price competition has been tough for American Airlines and the stock price has been volatile. They recently extended their 737 MAX fllight cancellation period.
Feels there is a trading catalyst to own an airline here. There has been some consolidation in this space. Traditionally these are not well run businesses but there is less capacity now, fuel is moving up and surcharges can be passed on. If they can manage those earnings and can guide the street conservatively, a…
Spirit Airlines Inc. (SAVE-N)
An ultra-low-cost carrier from Florida. They are 7th in the commercial airline sector in the US. Low fuel costs have improved the bottom line significantly. They are anticipating a capacity growth of 13% in 2019, year-to-year.
Airlines are trading at very low multiples compared to other transportation. It is dirt cheap. An ultra low cost carrier. Flies to major domestic cities. Best margin in the business. It is not a business travelers` airline. They do 13% more flights per day with their planes than other carriers.
Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL-N)
The company is doing well and ordering premium economy seats that will boost revenue. They have good free cash flow too. The company intends to continue buying back shares and raising dividends.
The stock took a hit. She likes it because she is seeing better cash flow than their peers. They really have some exceptional free cash flow yields. They are able to increase their margins. (Analysts’ target: $63.00).
United Continental Holdings (UAL-N)
An airline holding company that owns and operates United Airlines. Their earnings are growing and revenues per available seat mile is also up 4.3% since last year.
Airline stocks have a tendency to be volatile. There is some seasonality in the spring time and you get a time in the summer when the stock does well. Looking at the charts, he does not see a seasonal pattern. Technically the chart shows it is forming a nice little base and is in a…
Stock prices have been struggling since the 737 Max crash. They are trading at 23x forward earning which is considered quite expensive. However, they are in a duopoly and demand for transport is strong. It will not go up in the short-term but worth holding.
Jet liner companies are down on the two jetliners crashing. BA-N is admitting their software was malfunctioning. The stock was charging ahead on big backlog and demand. He has Airbus and it has done fine. There will be some switching. He prefers Airbus.
JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU-Q)
An American low-cost carrier and the 6th largest in the US. The company hopes to double earnings by 2020. They are in the final stages of their program to cut costs in maintenance and airline staff.
The will get tax relief from the election. For decades airlines were hated businesses because they were so competitive. Now the top 4 airlines represent 91% of the industry in the US. They are almost an oligopoly. They now have pricing power. (Analysts’ target: $22.42)
Skywest Inc (SKYW-Q)
A holding company that operates SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet. Their cash outlook is great and are considered undervalued right now.
A European aerospace corporation. They have a backlog of orders and China seems to favor Airbus over Boeing. They bought the CSeries program from Bombardier last year that should create more lightweight planes.
This is a recent acquisition. The backlog of orders for Boeing and Airbus is tremendous. He thinks China will favor Airbus over Boeing in future orders. He thinks the Bombardier acquisition gives them an advantage over Boeing across the fleet. They are also setting up a new maintenance service, which might take over work currently…