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Southwest Airlines

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2017 marked Southwest’s 45th consecutive year of profitability as profits soared 55.4% to $3.5 billion on revenue of $21 billion. The airline celebrated the GOP tax cuts at the end of the year, handing out $1,000 bonuses to employees and predicting that the legislation will “significantly” boost earnings in 2018. Though 2018 is likely to be tainted by the accident on Southwest Flight 1380 in April that resulted in the first U.S. airline fatality since 2009.

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CEO

Gary C. Kelly

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Sector

Transportation

Industry

Airlines

HQ Location

Dallas

Years on Fortune 500 List

24

Employees

56,110

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$21,1713.7%
Profits ($M)$3,488.055.4%
Assets ($M)$25,110
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$10,430
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$33,678
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues16.5%
Profits as % of Assets13.9%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity33.4%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)5.79
EPS % Change (from 2016)63.1%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)59.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)21.3%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2017)32.5%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)46.1%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)18.9%
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News about Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines' Bookings Have Declined After Passenger Killed

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