Comparing Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) and Its Rivals

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.4% of Ryanair Holdings PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Ryanair Holdings PLC has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ryanair Holdings PLC’s peers have a beta of 1.20, suggesting that their average stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ryanair Holdings PLC $8.22 billion $2.62 billion 16.39
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors $8.56 billion $1.61 billion -88.51

Ryanair Holdings PLC’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ryanair Holdings PLC. Ryanair Holdings PLC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Ryanair Holdings PLC and its peers’ 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 3.58% 9.88% 3.39%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ryanair Holdings PLC and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ryanair Holdings PLC 4 1 7 0 2.25
Ryanair Holdings PLC Competitors 315 1127 2163 104 2.55

Ryanair Holdings PLC presently has a consensus price target of $96.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.60%. As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 5.36%. Given Ryanair Holdings PLC’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ryanair Holdings PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


Ryanair Holdings PLC peers beat Ryanair Holdings PLC on 7 of the 13 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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