Why Air Lease Is Ready to Fly

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, jet-leasing company Air Lease (NYSE: AL  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Air Lease and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Air Lease facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Los Angeles (2010)

Market Cap

$2.3 billion

Industry

Rental and leasing services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$573.8 million

Management

Founder/Chairman/CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy
President/COO John Plueger

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity

5.3%

Cash/Debt

$439.7 million / $4.3 billion

Competitors

Aircastle (NYSE: AYR  )
GE Capital Aviation Services
International Lease Finance

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 42 members who have rated Air Lease believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, All-Star TMFBlacknGold, succinctly summed up the Air Lease bull case for our community:

Management is tremendous. In fact, there is probably no one investors would rather have at the helm of an air leasing company than Steven Udvar-Hazy (see article). He practically built the industry.

Fuel efficient aircraft will be in high demand as airlines strive to cut costs, emissions, and upgrade/replace older aircraft in their fleet. In emerging markets -- where Air Lease has over 50% of its fleet -- airlines have less power at the bargaining table because there is less access to capital, so companies like Air Lease can wrestle out more favorable terms for now.

I'll write more about Air Lease in the future. I would like to learn more about the company's debt and dive deeper into the drawbacks of an investment. Nonetheless, I believe this is a great hidden growth opportunity.

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