Southwest Airlines Co. operates as a passenger airline company that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. More Details
High growth potential with worrying balance sheet.
Share Price & News
How has Southwest Airlines's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: LUV is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.
Volatility Over Time: LUV's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: LUV exceeded the US Airlines industry which returned 137.1% over the past year.
Return vs Market: LUV exceeded the US Market which returned 48.6% over the past year.
Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Southwest Airlines's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
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Is Southwest Airlines undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Book (PB) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: LUV ($58.21) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($56.04)
Significantly Below Fair Value: LUV is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: LUV is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the Global Airlines industry average.
PE vs Market: LUV is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate LUV's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: LUV is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (3.8x) compared to the US Airlines industry average (2.9x).
How is Southwest Airlines forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 18 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: LUV is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (2%).
Earnings vs Market: LUV is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.
High Growth Earnings: LUV's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: LUV's revenue (18.7% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (8.8% per year).
High Growth Revenue: LUV's revenue (18.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: LUV's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (24.7%)
How has Southwest Airlines performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: LUV is currently unprofitable.
Growing Profit Margin: LUV is currently unprofitable.
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: LUV is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 32.5% per year.
Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare LUV's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable
Earnings vs Industry: LUV is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Airlines industry (-26.2%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: LUV has a negative Return on Equity (-31.5%), as it is currently unprofitable.
How is Southwest Airlines's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: LUV's short term assets ($16.1B) exceed its short term liabilities ($8.2B).
Long Term Liabilities: LUV's short term assets ($16.1B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($18.2B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: LUV's debt to equity ratio (118.5%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: LUV's debt to equity ratio has increased from 44.7% to 118.5% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: LUV's operating cash flow is negative, therefore debt is not well covered.
Interest Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if LUV's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT.
What is Southwest Airlines's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Forecast Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate LUV's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate LUV's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if LUV's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if LUV's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: LUV is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of LUV's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Gary Kelly (65 yo)
Mr. Gary C. Kelly has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines Co., an affiliate of AirTran Airways, Inc. since May 2008 and July 15, 2004 respectively. Mr. Kelly served as an Ex...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Gary's total compensation ($USD9.24M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.16M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Gary's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.
Experienced Management: LUV's management team is considered experienced (4.3 years average tenure).
Experienced Board: LUV's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 11.9 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: LUV insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Southwest Airlines Co.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Southwest Airlines Co.
- Ticker: LUV
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1967
- Industry: Airlines
- Sector: Transportation
- Market Cap: US$34.424b
- Shares outstanding: 591.38m
- Website: https://www.southwest.com
Number of Employees
- Southwest Airlines Co.
- PO Box 36611
- United States
Southwest Airlines Co. operates as a passenger airline company that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2020, the company o...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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