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  • Previous Rank71
  • Revenues ($M)$41,244.00
  • Revenue Percent Change4%
  • Profits ($M)$3,577.00
  • Profits Percent Change-18.2%
  • Assets ($M)$53,292.00
  • Employees86,564
  • Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$38,745.90

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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Company Info

Edward H. Bastian
CEO Title
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
HQ Location
Years on Fortune 500 List24

Delta Air Lines Rank History

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$41,244.004%
Profits ($M)$3,577.00-18.2%
Assets ($M)$53,292.00-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$13,910.00-
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$38,745.90-

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%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2017)16.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)38%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)14.8%