Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, American Airlines parent AMR
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at AMR's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Fort Worth, Texas (1934)|
|Market Cap||$2.19 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$22.17 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Gerard Arpey
CFO Isabella Goren
|Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)||(1.9%)|
|Cash / Debt||$4.56 billion / $11.29 billion|
Delta Air Lines
United Continental Holdings
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, capsncrunch warned Fools about climbing aboard AMR: "Of all the big airlines, [American] is one of the worst customer experiences. Couple this with their recent falling out with Orbitz and Expedia and I cannot imagine any scenario in which they don't take a beating this year."
In fact, AMR's three-year average return on capital was negative, at (1.9%). That's even lower than airline rivals Delta at 3.5%, Southwest's 4%, and United Continental's 2.5%.
CAPS member tbbiang elaborates on the bear case:
At best, the four goal post strategy and British Airline/Iberia partnership is weak. The predicted $500 million in additional revenue from these meager ideas will not be enough to off-set predicted fuel increases for 2011. Now let's throw-in three major union contracts, all more than three years past their amendable dates, excessive debt, weak stewardship and the best one could hope for is survival. Will the anchor of 'doing the right thing' by not seeking bankruptcy, as most all competitors did, sink what was once a premier airline? We shall see.
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