Southwest Airlines Company Company Profile (NYSE:LUV)

About Southwest Airlines Company

Southwest Airlines Company logoSouthwest Airlines Co. (Southwest) operates Southwest Airlines. Southwest is a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and near-international markets. The Company serves approximately 100 destinations in over 40 states, such as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and approximately seven near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Belize. The Company added its first three destinations in Central America (San Jose, Costa Rica, Belize City, Belize, and Liberia, Costa Rica) and also commenced Southwest service to a fourth destination in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta). Southwest operates a total of approximately 704 Boeing 737 aircraft. The Company also added approximately 20 domestic nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field. Southwest offers a total of 180 weekday departures to 50 nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Industry: Regional Airlines
  • Sub-Industry: Airlines
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Symbol: LUV
  • CUSIP: 84474110
Key Metrics:
  • Previous Close: $56.34
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $51.43
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $43.54
  • 52-Week Range: $35.42 - $58.06
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 16.16
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 12.25
  • P/E Growth: 1.38
  • Market Cap: $35.27B
  • Outstanding Shares: 615,254,000
  • Beta: 0.88
  • Net Margins: 10.97%
  • Return on Equity: 29.79%
  • Return on Assets: 10.41%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.46%
  • Current Ratio: 0.66%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.61%
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Hold Ratings, 12 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 2.75)
Consensus Price Target: $55.16 (3.77% downside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetDetails
1/27/2017Imperial CapitalBoost Price TargetOutperform$59.00 -> $63.00View Rating Details
1/27/2017Cowen and CompanyBoost Price TargetOutperform$55.00 -> $57.00View Rating Details
1/25/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoDowngradeOverweight -> Neutral$55.00View Rating Details
1/5/2017Morgan StanleyUpgradeEqual Weight -> Overweight$45.00 -> $55.00View Rating Details
12/21/2016Sanford C. BernsteinReiterated RatingOutperform$50.00 -> $63.00View Rating Details
12/15/2016Barclays PLCInitiated CoverageEqual Weight$65.00View Rating Details
12/6/2016Citigroup Inc.Reiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
10/1/2016Bank of America CorporationSet Price TargetBuy$50.00View Rating Details
9/12/2016Credit Suisse GroupSet Price TargetBuy$48.00View Rating Details
7/26/2016Evercore ISIUpgradeHold -> Buy$47.00 -> $37.36View Rating Details
7/25/2016ArgusDowngradeBuy -> Hold$32.94 -> $37.83View Rating Details
7/22/2016Buckingham ResearchDowngradeBuy -> NeutralView Rating Details
6/25/2016Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingBuy$57.00View Rating Details
5/16/2016Sterne Agee CRTReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
4/19/2016Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.Reiterated RatingOutperformView Rating Details
3/29/2016StephensInitiated CoverageOverweight$60.00View Rating Details
1/25/2016Wolfe ResearchReiterated RatingOutperformView Rating Details
6/12/2015Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Reiterated RatingBuy$62.00 -> $58.00View Rating Details
(Data available from 2/19/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
1/26/2017Q416$0.70$0.75$5.03 billion$5.10 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/26/2016Q316$0.88$0.93$5.17 billion$5.10 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/21/2016Q216$1.21$1.19$5.41 billion$5.38 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/21/2016Q116$0.84$0.88$4.81 billion$4.80 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/21/2016Q415$0.90$0.90$5.00 billion$5.00 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/22/2015Q315$0.92$0.94$5.11 billion$5.32 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/23/2015Q215$1.02$1.03$5.14 billion$5.10 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/23/2015Q115$0.65$0.66$4.41 billion$4.40 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/22/2015Q414$0.55$0.59$4.59 billion$4.60 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/23/2014Q314$0.53$0.55$4.79 billion$4.80 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/24/2014Q214$0.60$0.70$4.92 billion$5.01 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/24/2014Q114$0.17$0.18$4.17 billion$4.17 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/22/2014Q413$0.29$0.33$4.39 billion$4.40 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/24/2013Q313$0.33$0.34$4.53 billion$4.55 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/25/2013Q2 2013$0.38$0.38$4.66 billion$4.64 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/25/2013Q1 2013$0.02$0.07$4.08 billion$4.10 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/24/2013Q4 2012$0.07$0.09$4.22 billion$4.20 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/18/2012$0.13$0.13ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/19/2012$0.32$0.36ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/19/2012($0.05)($0.02)ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/19/2012$0.08$0.09ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/20/2011$0.13$0.15ViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/4/2011$0.20$0.15ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/21/2011$0.03$0.03ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/20/2011$0.15$0.15ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.89 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $4.68 EPS
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q3 20161$0.85$0.85$0.85
Q4 20161$0.70$0.70$0.70
Q1 20171$0.75$0.75$0.75
Q2 20171$1.23$1.23$1.23
Q3 20171$1.00$1.00$1.00
Q4 20171$0.95$0.95$0.95
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
Annual Dividend:$0.40
Dividend Yield:0.70%
Dividend Growth:51.80% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:11.33% (Based on Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
10.28% (Based on Current Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
8.55% (Based on Next Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
Track Record:5 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth

Dividend History for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading History for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.18%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 76.70%
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
1/30/2017Tammy RomoCFOSell9,655$51.79$500,032.45View SEC Filing  
12/15/2016John T MontfordDirectorSell510$50.93$25,974.30View SEC Filing  
12/2/2016Jeff LambEVPSell14,534$48.10$699,085.40View SEC Filing  
8/3/2016De Ven Michael G VanCOOBuy4,200$35.77$150,234.00View SEC Filing  
8/3/2016William H Dr CunninghamDirectorBuy5,700$35.80$204,060.00View SEC Filing  
8/2/2016Gary C KellyInsiderBuy28,106$35.58$1,000,011.48View SEC Filing  
7/27/2016Mark R ShawSVPSell1,776$37.62$66,813.12View SEC Filing  
6/7/2016John T MontfordDirectorSell1,210$43.31$52,405.10View SEC Filing  
5/26/2016Jeff LambEVPSell18,765$41.79$784,189.35View SEC Filing  
4/26/2016Mark R ShawSVPSell100$47.31$4,731.00View SEC Filing  
4/25/2016David W BieglerDirectorSell8,000$46.94$375,520.00View SEC Filing  
2/24/2016Jeff LambEVPSell6,662$40.67$270,943.54View SEC Filing  
11/12/2015Gary C. KellyCEOSell19,642$46.75$918,263.50View SEC Filing  
10/29/2015Robert E. JordanEVPSell55,031$45.76$2,518,218.56View SEC Filing  
8/25/2015William H Dr CunninghamDirectorBuy2,500$37.86$94,650.00View SEC Filing  
8/17/2015Gary C KellyCEOSell37,500$40.31$1,511,625.00View SEC Filing  
1/26/2015Ron RicksEVPSell18,560$45.88$851,532.80View SEC Filing  
11/19/2014Tammy RomoCFOSell12,312$39.36$484,600.32View SEC Filing  
8/22/2014Daniel D VillanuevaDirectorSell10,000$31.73$317,300.00View SEC Filing  
8/21/2014Gary C KellyCEOSell60,600$31.22$1,891,932.00View SEC Filing  
8/21/2014Robert E JordanEVPSell45,511$31.41$1,429,500.51View SEC Filing  
8/20/2014De Ven Michael G VanCOOSell78,907$31.29$2,469,000.03View SEC Filing  
8/1/2014Ron RicksEVPSell37,400$28.22$1,055,428.00View SEC Filing  
5/27/2014Robert E JordanEVPSell45,000$25.81$1,161,450.00View SEC Filing  
5/21/2014Gary KellyCEOSell42,802$24.96$1,068,337.92View SEC Filing  
5/21/2014Ron RicksEVPSell30,911$25.09$775,556.99View SEC Filing  
5/21/2014Tammy RomoCFOSell7,313$25.10$183,556.30View SEC Filing  
5/20/2014Ron RicksEVPSell22,452$25.03$561,973.56View SEC Filing  
5/16/2014Tammy RomoCFOSell17,750$24.49$434,697.50View SEC Filing  
4/29/2014Ron RicksEVPSell21,700$23.77$515,809.00View SEC Filing  
2/3/2014Douglas BrooksDirectorBuy5,000$20.46$102,300.00View SEC Filing  
1/27/2014Ron RicksEVPSell35,000$20.81$728,350.00View SEC Filing  
12/2/2013Ron RicksEVPSell13,726$18.71$256,813.46View SEC Filing  
10/30/2013Jeff LambEVPSell14,612$17.07$249,426.84View SEC Filing  
5/30/2013De Ven Michael G VanCOOSell1,000$14.31$14,310.00View SEC Filing  
5/23/2013Robert E JordanEVPSell63,162$14.10$890,584.20View SEC Filing  
5/22/2013De Ven Michael G VanCOOSell68,475$14.23$974,399.25View SEC Filing  
5/22/2013Tammy RomoCFOSell38,926$14.22$553,527.72View SEC Filing  
5/20/2013Jeff LambEVPSell30,000$14.27$428,100.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Latest Headlines for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)
DateHeadline logoCould Rising Fuel Prices Crush Airline Stock Rally? (NYSE:LUV) - February 18 at 9:19 AM
News IconSouthwest Airlines named to FORTUNE’s 2017 list of World’s Most Admired Companies (NYSE:LUV) - February 17 at 6:55 PM logoSouthwest lawsuit claims union workers avoiding overtime (NYSE:LUV) - February 17 at 6:55 PM logo​What Southwest Airlines has seen from Cincinnati so far (NYSE:LUV) - February 17 at 6:55 PM logoWhy Warren Buffett Moved Into Southwest Airlines Co Stock (LUV) - (NYSE:LUV) - February 17 at 1:54 PM
News IconSouthwest Airlines Company (LUV) Shares Bought by Bessemer Group Inc (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM
News IconETRADE Capital Management LLC Increases Stake in Southwest Airlines Company (LUV) (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM logoWarren Buffett Bought Airline Stocks When Their Valuations Are the Highest in More Than 10 Years (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM logoAirline Shares Reach Record as Buffett's Berkshire Extends Bet (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM logoAirlines Rise to a Record as Buffett's Berkshire Deepens Bet (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM logoSOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO Files SEC form 8-K, Regulation FD Disclosure (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM logoSouthwest Airlines Named A Top 10 Most Admired Company By FORTUNE (NYSE:LUV) - February 16 at 5:59 PM
News IconSouthwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) Charts Reveal Positive Trend - Winfield Review (NYSE:LUV) - February 15 at 12:54 AM
News IconEquity Perception: Analyst's Indicator Review for Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) - The USA Commerce (NYSE:LUV) - February 15 at 12:54 AM logoBuffett and Berkshire Invest Heavily in Southwest Airlines - Nasdaq (NYSE:LUV) - February 15 at 12:54 AM logoBuffett and Berkshire Invest Heavily in Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) - February 14 at 7:53 PM logoSouthwest Airlines: Overpriced And Outstanding (NYSE:LUV) - February 14 at 7:53 PM logoU.S. flight cancellations, baggage problems fall to historic lows (NYSE:LUV) - February 14 at 7:53 PM logoWarren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is investing billions in airline stocks (NYSE:LUV) - February 14 at 7:53 PM logoBerkshire Hathaway Added Another Airline Last Quarter (NYSE:LUV) - February 14 at 7:53 PM
News IconHow Does the Chart Look for Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) ? - The USA Commerce (NYSE:LUV) - February 14 at 5:35 AM
News IconSouthwest Airlines to award USD 586m profit sharing to employees for 2016 (NYSE:LUV) - February 13 at 7:30 PM logoCheers To This! Southwest Airlines Toasts Customers With Sparkling Wine (NYSE:LUV) - February 13 at 7:30 PM logoSouthwest Airlines continues international growth with new flights to Mexico (NYSE:LUV) - February 13 at 7:30 PM
News IconEarnings Clues on The Blackstone Group LP (BX), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) Analyst's Predictions - StockNewsJournal (NYSE:LUV) - February 13 at 10:31 AM
News IconSouthwest Airlines Employees Earn $586 Million In 2016 ProfitSharing - (NYSE:LUV) - February 11 at 6:29 PM
News IconImpact Score Of Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) At 83 - Stock Observer (NYSE:LUV) - February 11 at 6:29 PM logoSOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO Financials (NYSE:LUV) - February 11 at 6:29 PM logoInvestors 'LUV' Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) - February 10 at 7:11 PM logo[$$] Donald Trump, Meeting With Airline CEOs, Targets Air-Traffic-Control System (NYSE:LUV) - February 10 at 12:24 AM
News Icon200-day MA Of Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) At $43.08 (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:23 PM logoWhy Has Southwest's Stock Price Risen To $54 Per Share? (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:23 PM
News IconSouthwest Airlines Co Valuation – February 2017 $LUV (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:23 PM logoSouthwest Airlines Employees Earn $586 Million In 2016 ProfitSharing (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:22 PM logoSouthwest CEO: Excited by infrastructure improvement (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:22 PM logoSouthwest CEO Says Meeting With Trump Was 'Terrific' (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:22 PM logoTrump airport stimulus could speed construction of 6th terminal at DFW International (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:22 PM logoTrump criticizes billions in spending on U.S. air traffic control (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 7:22 PM
News IconWhy Has Southwest’s Stock Price Risen To $54 Per Share? (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 12:14 AM logoSouthwest Airlines Reports January Traffic (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 12:14 AM logo6:32 am Southwest Air reports January preliminary traffic statistics; flew 9.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January, +4.6% y/y (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 12:14 AM logoHow Southwest Airlines is losing its fight to force Delta from Dallas Love Field (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 12:14 AM logoRDU gets second nonstop flight to New Orleans (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 12:14 AM logoSouthwest Airlines passenger traffic up 4.6 percent in January (NYSE:LUV) - February 9 at 12:14 AM logoHow Southwest Airlines is losing its fight to force Delta from Dallas Love Field - Dallas Business Journal (NYSE:LUV) - February 8 at 7:12 PM logoSouthwest Airlines (LUV) Jan. Traffic Increases 4.6%, Capacity Up 6.2% - (NYSE:LUV) - February 8 at 7:12 PM logoSouthwest Airlines to Present at the Stifel 2017 Transportation & Logistics Conference (NYSE:LUV) - February 8 at 7:12 PM logoUpdate: Southwest CEO Gary Kelly will attend Trump airline meeting, American CEO Doug Parker won’t (NYSE:LUV) - February 8 at 7:12 PM
News IconRegional Airlines: Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) Position of the day (NYSE:LUV) - February 8 at 12:43 AM
News IconTechnical Levels in Review for Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) - Davidson Register (NYSE:LUV) - February 7 at 7:41 PM


What is Southwest Airlines Company's stock symbol?

Southwest Airlines Company trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "LUV."

How often does Southwest Airlines Company pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Southwest Airlines Company?

Southwest Airlines Company announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, February 2nd. Investors of record on Thursday, March 9th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share on Thursday, March 30th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.70%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, March 7th.

Where is Southwest Airlines Company's stock going? Where will Southwest Airlines Company's stock price be in 2017?

16 brokers have issued 12-month price objectives for Southwest Airlines Company's stock. Their predictions range from $37.36 to $67.00. On average, they expect Southwest Airlines Company's share price to reach $55.16 in the next twelve months.

When will Southwest Airlines Company announce their earnings?

Southwest Airlines Company is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April, 27th 2017.

What are analysts saying about Southwest Airlines Company stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Southwest Airlines Company stock:

  • Imperial Capital analysts commented, "We are maintaining our Outperform rating on LUV shares. We are raising our one-year price target to $63 from $59 as well as our EPS estimates on higher unit revenues and lower unit costs. Our price target is about 17% above the recent share price. We are raising our FY17 EPS estimate to $4.00 from $3.90, and our FY18 EPS estimate to $5.25 from $5.15. Our new FY17 estimate assumes capacity increases 3.5% versus 3.8% previously, RASM increases 1% versus 0.5% previously, CASM ex-fuel increases 3% versus 4% previously, and jet fuel averages $2.00 per gallon." (1/27/2017)
  • According to Zacks Investment Research, "Shares of Southwest Airlines have outperformed the broader industry in the last three months. The company managed to retain the momentum as its stock further appreciated earlier this month, following its bullish RASM guidance for the fourth quarter of 2016. Detailed results will be out on Jan 26. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter has climbed $0.02 to $0.68 per share over the last seven days. We are also positive on the company's deal with Global Eagle Entertainment and the commencement of services to the Cuban capital of Havana, its 100th destination. Moreover, the company's efforts to reward shareholders through share buybacks and dividend payments are impressive. Though positive on the recent labor deals inked by Southwest Airlines, we believe that the accords will hurt the bottom line in the fourth quarter." (1/17/2017)

Who owns Southwest Airlines Company stock?

Southwest Airlines Company's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include FMR LLC (5.63%), State Street Corp (3.75%), Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.00%), AQR Capital Management LLC (0.99%), Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC (0.55%) and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (0.48%). Company insiders that own Southwest Airlines Company stock include David W Biegler, De Ven Michael G Van, Gary C Kelly, Jeff Lamb, John T Montford, Mark R Shaw, Robert E Jordan, Tammy Romo and William H Dr Cunningham.

Who sold Southwest Airlines Company stock? Who is selling Southwest Airlines Company stock?

Southwest Airlines Company's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Janus Capital Management LLC, FMR LLC, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, AQR Capital Management LLC, Federated Investors Inc. PA, Tyvor Capital LLC, Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky and Loomis Sayles & Co. L P. Company insiders that have sold Southwest Airlines Company stock in the last year include David W Biegler, Jeff Lamb, John T Montford, Mark R Shaw and Tammy Romo.

Who bought Southwest Airlines Company stock? Who is buying Southwest Airlines Company stock?

Southwest Airlines Company's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Russell Investments Group Ltd., Renaissance Technologies LLC, Bluestein R H & Co., Alyeska Investment Group L.P., Asset Management One Co. Ltd., NWQ Investment Management Company LLC, Kingdon Capital Management L.L.C. and Precocity Capital LP. Company insiders that have bought Southwest Airlines Company stock in the last two years include De Ven Michael G Van, Gary C Kelly and William H Dr Cunningham.

How do I buy Southwest Airlines Company stock?

Shares of Southwest Airlines Company can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

How much does a share of Southwest Airlines Company stock cost?

One share of Southwest Airlines Company stock can currently be purchased for approximately $57.32.

Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) Chart for Sunday, February, 19, 2017

Institutional Ownership Chart

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)

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Earnings by Quarter for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)

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Dividend Payments by Quarter for Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)

Last Updated on 2/19/2017 by Staff