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Delta Air Lines


Profits at America’s second-biggest airline by revenue fell by 18% in 2017. But Delta has sustained a far higher level of profitability than archrivals American and United Continental: Its operating margin of 15% reigns as best of the Big Three. Its in-house portfolio of refineries has helped it hold its own in the face of sharply rising fuel costs; Delta’s jet fuel bill rose 13% in 2017, beating the industry average by around seven points. It also kept a tight rein on wages and benefits, which rose only 4%, in line with revenues, and a new partnership with Aeromexico is off to a strong start. Delta’s biggest edge is its ability to win rich fares from business travelers. It controls more than 70% of the traffic at four major commercial markets: Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis, and over 50% in Salt Lake City. Its dominance in those hubs shields Delta’s margins from inroads from budget competitors such as Southwest.

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Edward H. Bastian

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer





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Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
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Revenues ($M)$41,2444.0%
Profits ($M)$3,577.0-18.2%
Assets ($M)$53,292
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$13,910
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$38,746
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues8.7%
Profits as % of Assets6.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity25.7%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)4.95
EPS % Change (from 2016)-14.5%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)33.0%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2017)16.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)38.0%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)14.8%
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