AerCap Holdings Has One Big Advantage At This Time

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  • AerCap Holdings (AER) has continued to see growth.
  • On a price/earnings basis, I see this stock continuing to appreciate.
  • AerCap Holdings has one distinct advantage relative to its competitors at this point in time.

It’s been a while since I've covered AerCap Holdings (NYSE:AER). In my previous article on the stock, I predicted that more growth would eventually materialise – the stock was trading at $35 back in August 2016.

Since then, we have seen the stock rise to $52.24 at the time of this writing:


Moreover, the stock still looks to be trading at good value since we have seen earnings per share continue to rise, while the price/earnings ratio continues to remain near a five-year low:

I had previously been highly optimistic on AerCap Holdings’ prospects given the growing trend by airline companies to lease rather than buy aircraft to conduct their operations. With AerCap Holdings having a foothold in the narrow-body segment in particular, the company has seen significant growth through catering to this market.

That said, there is one big advantage that AerCap Holdings has over many of its rivals at this point in time: it does not have the Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) A380 as part of its portfolio.

With concerns mounting that the Airbus A380 program is growing too old for its time, the industry is seeking smaller jets for more frequent operations. That is, airline companies would prefer the flexibility of having their passengers being able to catch a transcontinental flight at several time periods during the day, rather than having one large aircraft transport a large number of passengers at less frequent time intervals.

In this regard, AerCap Holdings is in a very good position. When we look at the fleet breakdown of this company, we see that a large part of its portfolio is comprised of smaller, narrow-body jets:

Source: AerCap Holdings – Our Aircraft

Meanwhile, Amedeo, an Irish-based aircraft leasing company, has eight A380s as part of its portfolio, and has had to create its

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