Airline stocks rose in premarket trading on Thursday after Delta Air Lines reported third-quarter revenue significantly above the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit.
Delta Air Lines Inc.’s
revenue of $13.98 billion was up from $12.56 billion in 2019. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected revenue of $12.9 billion. “The travel recovery continues as consumer spend shifts to experiences and demand improves in corporate and international,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, in a statement.
The air carrier’s net income of $695 million, or $1.08 a share, was down from $1.5 billion, or $2.31 a share, in the same period in 2019. For the fourth quarter, Delta expects revenue up 5% to 9% from 2019. FactSet consensus of $11.75 billion implies 0.3% growth. The carrier expects fourth-quarter earnings of $1.00 to $1.25 a share, compared with FactSet’s consensus of 79 cents a share.
Shares of Delta rose 4.4% before market open, while United Airlines Holdings Inc.
rose 2.95%. American Airlines Group Inc.
which raised its third-quarter revenue outlook earlier this week, rose 2.44%, while JetBlue Airways Corp.
was up 2.63%.
In a note released earlier this week Cowen analyst Helane Becker said that American Airlines’ better-than expected outlook bodes well for Delta and United.
Of 20 analysts surveyed by FactSet, 17 have an overweight or buy rating, and three have a hold rating on Delta.