Head to Head Review: Mesa Air Group (MESA) & The Competition

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Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ: MESA) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Air transportation, scheduled” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Mesa Air Group to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.9% of Mesa Air Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of shares of all “Air transportation, scheduled” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of shares of all “Air transportation, scheduled” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Mesa Air Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesa Air Group N/A N/A N/A
Mesa Air Group Competitors 7.25% 47.87% 5.15%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mesa Air Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Mesa Air Group $681.59 million $33.26 million 7.33
Mesa Air Group Competitors $13.33 billion $926.23 million 9.37

Mesa Air Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Mesa Air Group. Mesa Air Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Mesa Air Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesa Air Group 0 0 4 1 3.20
Mesa Air Group Competitors 433 1399 1957 155 2.47

Mesa Air Group currently has a consensus price target of $17.40, suggesting a potential upside of 93.12%. As a group, “Air transportation, scheduled” companies have a potential upside of 28.29%. Given Mesa Air Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Mesa Air Group is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Mesa Air Group peers beat Mesa Air Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Mesa Air Group

Mesa Air Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Mesa Airlines, Inc., which provides regional air services under capacity purchase agreements with the American Airlines and the United Airlines. As of March 31, 2018, it operated 145 aircraft with approximately 610 daily departures to 110 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Cuba. Mesa Air Group, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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