Southwest Airlines Co

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LUV : NYSE : Services
$37.48 -0.80 | -2.09%
Today's Range: 37.20 - 37.79
Avg. Daily Volume: 7,157,400
07/27/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.50 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 9.26% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)5384.05111.0
EBITDA ($mil)1595.01393.0
EBIT ($mil)1297.01143.0
Net Income ($mil)822.0608.0

Balance Sheet Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)3415.03132.0
Total Assets ($mil)22447.021075.0
Total Debt ($mil)3354.02687.0
Equity ($mil)7821.07158.0

Profitability Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Gross Profit Margin40.7138.27
EBITDA Margin29.6227.25
Operating Margin24.0922.36
Sales Turnover0.90.9
Return on Assets10.927.49
Return on Equity31.3622.07
Debt Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Current Ratio0.570.67
Interest Expense32.030.0
Interest Coverage40.5338.1

Share Data Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)638.69659.36
Div / share0.10.08
Book value / share12.2510.86
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume6992495.06725130.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 7.24 for the Airlines industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.05. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.05 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.98. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average, but above the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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LUV 9.90 Peers 7.24   LUV 6.10 Peers 4.71

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

LUV is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

LUV is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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LUV 9.15 Peers 10.30   LUV 0.48 Peers 1.20

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

LUV is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

LUV trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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LUV 3.05 Peers 2.98   LUV 62.50 Peers 127.41

Average. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

LUV is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, LUV is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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LUV 1.18 Peers 1.02   LUV 6.37 Peers 3.19

Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

LUV is trading at a premium to its industry on this measurement.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

LUV has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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