3 Airport Operations Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio

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The airline industry is one of the largest consumer industries in the world.  It amassed $710 billion in revenue last year, according to the International Air Transport Association.

The overall industry is comprised of different segments, including commercial airlines, aircraft leasing and the airport operating sectors.

The airport operations segment is often overlooked because of its lack of commercial presence. 

Companies in this industry operate international, national or civil airport or public flying fields. These businesses provide support services such as aircraft fueling and maintenance, air traffic control, rental of hanger space, and baggage and cargo handling.

Globally, the airport operations industry accrues $132 billion of annual revenue and accounts for 6,619 business 491,000 employees.

Here are three airport operations stocks, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com, which are worth looking over.

Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC  (MIC)
Category: Airport Operator

Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and invests in infrastructure businesses that provide services to businesses and individuals primarily in the U.S.

The company offers bulk liquid storage and handling services for petroleum products, various chemicals, renewable fuels, and vegetable and animal oils at 10 marine terminals in the U.S. and two in Canada; and environmental emergency responses, industrial services, and waste transportation and disposal services. It also processes and distributes synthetic natural gas to its utility customers in Oahu; and distributes liquefied petroleum gas to utility and non-utility customers in Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai.

In addition, the company offers fueling and fuel-related services, aircraft parking, and hangar services to owners/operators of jet aircraft primarily in the general aviation, commercial, military, freight, and government aviation sectors at 63 airports in the U.S.

Further, it has interests in five contracted solar photovoltaic power generation facilities located in the southwest U.S.; and produces and distributes chilled water through a closed loop of underground piping for use in the air conditioning systems of large commercial, retail, and residential buildings, as well as hot water to customers.

Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCT CO LLC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCT CO LLC (MIC) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MIC Ratings Report

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, SAB de CV (ASR)
Category: Airport Operator

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. holds concessions to operate, maintain, and develop airports in the southeast region of Mexico.

The company operates nine airports that are located in the cities of Cancun, Cozumel, Huatulco, Merida, Minatitlan, Oaxaca, Tapachula, Veracruz, and Villahermosa.

It also provides aeronautical services, which include aircraft landing and parking, passenger walkway, and airport security services.

In addition, the company leases space at its airports to retailers, restaurants, airlines, and other commercial tenants; and offers catering, handling, airport access, fuel, automobile parking, and ground transportation services, as well as construction services.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO SURESTE as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO SURESTE (ASR) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ASR Ratings Report

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. de CV (PAC)
Category: Airport Operator

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. is engaged in the development, operation, and management of airports primarily in Mexico's Pacific region.

As of April 16, 2014, it operated 12 airports in Guadalajara, Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, La Paz, Manzanillo, Hermosillo, Guanajuato, Morelia, Aguascalientes, Mexicali, and Los Mochis.

The company is also involved in leasing space to restaurants, retailers, banks, and advertisers. It serves airlines; third-party providers of baggage handling services, catering services, aircraft maintenance and repair services, and fuel services; and retail store operators, duty-free store operators, food and beverage providers, time share developers, financial services providers, car rental companies, telecommunications providers, VIP lounges, advertising, travel agencies, and tourist information and promotion services providers.

The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL PACI as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL PACI (PAC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: PAC Ratings Report

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