Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ:ATSG) and Air T (NASDAQ:AIRT) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Air Transport Services Group and Air T, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Air Transport Services Group 0 1 4 0 2.80
Air T 0 0 0 0 N/A

Air Transport Services Group presently has a consensus target price of $25.80, suggesting a potential upside of 36.80%. Given Air Transport Services Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Air Transport Services Group is more favorable than Air T.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Air Transport Services Group and Air T’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Air Transport Services Group $1.07 billion 1.04 $18.49 million $0.90 20.96
Air T $194.52 million 0.35 $2.27 million N/A N/A

Air Transport Services Group has higher revenue and earnings than Air T.


This table compares Air Transport Services Group and Air T’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Air Transport Services Group 18.06% 19.89% 5.50%
Air T 1.99% 16.92% 4.80%

Volatility and Risk

Air Transport Services Group has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Air T has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.9% of Air Transport Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.1% of Air T shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Air Transport Services Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 50.3% of Air T shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Air Transport Services Group beats Air T on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Air Transport Services Group Company Profile

Air Transport Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the airfreight and logistics industry. The company owns and leases cargo aircraft to airlines and other customers. It also provides airline operations to delivery companies, airlines, freight forwarders, and the U.S. Military, as well as operates charter agreements. In addition, the company offers mail and package sorting services, as well as related maintenance services for material handling equipment, ground equipment, and facilities; airframe modification and maintenance, component repair, engineering, and aircraft line maintenance services; and flight crew training, air dispatch, and flight monitoring services. Further, it rents ground equipment and sells aviation fuel; and resells and brokers aircraft parts. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned a fleet of 70 serviceable Boeing 767, 757, and 737 cargo aircraft. The company, formerly known as ABX Holdings, Inc., was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio.

Air T Company Profile

Air T, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides overnight air cargo, ground equipment sale, and ground support services in the United States and internationally. The company's Overnight Air Cargo segment offers air express delivery services. As of March 31, 2018, this segment had 79 aircrafts under the dry-lease agreements with FedEx. Its Ground Equipment Sales segment manufactures, sells, and services aircraft deicers, scissor-type lifts, military and civilian decontamination units, flight-line tow tractors, glycol recovery vehicles, and other specialized equipment. This segment offers its products to passenger and cargo airlines, ground handling companies, the United States Air Force, airports, and industrial customers. The company's Ground Support Services segment provides aircraft ground support equipment, fleet, and facility maintenance services to airlines and aviation service providers. Its Leasing segment provides funding for equipment leasing transactions for the leasing of equipment manufactured by the company and third parties. The company's Printing Equipment and Maintenance segment designs, manufactures, and sells digital print production equipment, spare parts, supplies, and consumable items, as well as provides maintenance contracts. Its Commercial Jet Engines and Parts segment supplies commercial jet engines and components for airlines and original equipment manufacturers, as well as for maintenance, repair, and overhaul service providers. This segment also offers commercial aircraft storage, storage maintenance, and aircraft disassembly/part-out services; commercial aircraft parts, exchanges, procurement services, consignment programs, and overhaul and repair services; and aircraft instrumentation, avionics, and a range of accessories for civilian, military transport, regional/commuter and business/commercial jet, and turboprop aircraft. Air T, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Denver, North Carolina.

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