Comparing Azul (AZUL) and Avianca (AVH)

Azul (NYSE: AZUL) and Avianca (NYSE:AVH) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Avianca pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Azul does not pay a dividend. Avianca pays out 11.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Azul and Avianca’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Azul $1.91 billion 4.03 -$36.21 million N/A N/A
Avianca $4.14 billion 0.16 $44.18 million $0.77 10.47

Avianca has higher revenue and earnings than Azul.

Profitability

This table compares Azul and Avianca’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Azul N/A N/A N/A
Avianca 2.12% 11.94% 1.61%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Azul and Avianca, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Azul 0 0 4 0 3.00
Avianca 0 1 2 0 2.67

Azul currently has a consensus target price of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 37.73%. Avianca has a consensus target price of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 36.48%. Given Azul’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Azul is more favorable than Avianca.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.6% of Azul shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.2% of Avianca shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Azul

Azul SA is a Brazil-based company engaged in the provision of passenger transportation services. The Company primarily acts as an airline operator under the Azul brand name. The Company provides scheduled flights between numerous cities in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Manaus, Cuiaba, Fortaleza and Salvador, among others. In addition, its air network comprises international routes to the Unites States, Europe and other Latin American countries. The Company also offers Azul Cargo Express, a scheduled cargo transport service with airport-to-airport and door-to-door delivery. It owns a number of subsidiaries, such as Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras SA and Tudo Azul SA.

About Avianca

Avianca Holdings SA is a company engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the provision of air transportation services for passengers and commercial purposes. The Company was originally established as a strategic alliance between Aerovias del Continente Americano SA (AVIANCA) and Grupo TACA Holdings Limited (GTH), and it mainly operates in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. In addition, through codeshare agreements, the Company is active in the operation of other international passenger air routes. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned such subsidiaries as Latin Airways Corporation and LifeMiles Corporation, among others. On December 28, 2012, the merger of subsidiaries Latin Airways Corporation, as absorbing company, with Synergy Ocean Air Colombia SAS and Soac 2 SAS was formalized. On June 18, 2013, the Company received the first out of 15 ATR 72-600, a turbo-propelled aircraft from ATR, a company engaged in regional aircraft.

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