Bank of America: Tax reforms likely to boost business travel this year

Published on : Wednesday, January 10, 2018

american-airlinesBank of America Merill Lynch has stated that tax reforms are likely to boost corporate travel in 2018.


In turn this would be impacting majorly the shares of the nation’s biggest airlines including American Airlines, Delta and United Continental, as asserted by the investment bank.


Analyst Andrew Didora who is an analyst has mentioned that tax reform is actually an important optimistic sign for corporate spending. He went on to add that since 2014 they had estimated that the corporate pricing is down 14%.


And, along with strong international fundamentals, it would create a great backdrop for the legacy airlines that are more inclined to corporate travel as compared to leisure-oriented airlines.


The analyst, however also feels that the company American Airlines to purchase from underperform and reiterated his buy ratings on Delta and United.


United and American traded higher on Tuesday after the bullish call.


Initially, Delta rose but then it headed into a negative territory.


Didora thinks that these airlines generate approximately two-thirds of their revenue from business travel. Therefore any recovery in corporate pricing as a consequence of the Republican tax plan would disproportionately benefitting these brands.


All of the three had underperformed the S&P 500 in 2017.


The new tax taw includes a corporate tax rate of nearly 21% down from 35% in an attempt to make the U.S. more competitive internationally. The law is expected to free up cash in a few industries and this includes financials and industrials.


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