Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) and McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Aircastle Limited and McGrath RentCorp, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Aircastle Limited presently has a consensus price target of $24.33, indicating a potential upside of 9.41%. McGrath RentCorp has a consensus price target of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.92%. Given Aircastle Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aircastle Limited is more favorable than McGrath RentCorp.
This table compares Aircastle Limited and McGrath RentCorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility and Risk
Aircastle Limited has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, McGrath RentCorp has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Aircastle Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. McGrath RentCorp pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Aircastle Limited pays out 62.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. McGrath RentCorp pays out 59.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Aircastle Limited has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years and McGrath RentCorp has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
62.8% of Aircastle Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.6% of McGrath RentCorp shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Aircastle Limited shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.6% of McGrath RentCorp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Aircastle Limited and McGrath RentCorp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Aircastle Limited||$820.09 million||2.13||$130.66 million||$1.66||13.40|
|McGrath RentCorp||$431.70 million||2.14||$93.06 million||$1.75||21.99|
Aircastle Limited has higher revenue and earnings than McGrath RentCorp. Aircastle Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than McGrath RentCorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
McGrath RentCorp beats Aircastle Limited on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Aircastle Limited
Aircastle Limited is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, acquires, leases and sells commercial jet aircrafts to airlines. The Company is engaged in financing and managing commercial flight equipment. The Company manages its aircrafts in the United States, Ireland and Singapore. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and managed on behalf of its joint ventures 206 aircrafts leased to 71 lessees located in 36 countries. The Company originates acquisitions and sales through relationships with airlines, other aircraft lessors, financial institutions and brokers, as well as other sources. As of February 7, 2017, the Company had lease commitments or letters of intent to lease or sell 16 aircrafts. The Company’s aircraft portfolio includes passenger wide-body, passenger narrow-body and freighter aircrafts. The Company’s portfolio spans across various regions, such as the Middle East and Africa, South America, North America, Asia and Pacific, and Europe.
About McGrath RentCorp
McGrath RentCorp is a diversified business-to-business rental company. The Company operates through four business segments: modular building and portable storage segment (Mobile Modular); electronic test equipment segment (TRS-RenTelco); a subsidiary providing containment solutions for the storage of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids segment (Adler Tanks), and a subsidiary classroom manufacturing business selling modular buildings used primarily as classrooms in California (Enviroplex). The Mobile Modular business segment includes Mobile Modular Portable Storage division. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s TRS-RenTelco rented and sold electronic test equipment nationally and internationally from three facilities located in Grapevine, Texas (the Dallas facility), Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada (the Montreal facility) and Bangalore, Karnataka, India (the Bangalore facility). Adler Tanks purchases tanks and boxes from various manufacturers located throughout the country.
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