Financial Contrast: Azul (AZUL) vs. Copa (CPA)

Azul (NYSE: AZUL) and Copa (NYSE:CPA) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Azul and Copa’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
Copa 14.88% 16.81% 8.14%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Azul and Copa’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 4.02 -$36.21 million N/A N/A
Copa $2.22 billion 2.72 $334.54 million $8.61 15.70

Copa has higher revenue and earnings than Azul.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Azul and Copa, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Azul 0 0 4 0 3.00
Copa 0 5 3 0 2.38

Azul currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.08%. Copa has a consensus price target of $132.67, suggesting a potential downside of 1.87%. Given Azul’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Azul is more favorable than Copa.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.6% of Azul shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Copa shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Copa pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Azul does not pay a dividend. Copa pays out 34.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Copa beats Azul on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 Copa

Copa Holdings, S.A. is a provider of airline passenger and cargo service through its principal operating subsidiaries, Compania Panamena de Aviacion, S. A. (Copa Airlines) and AeroRepublica, S. A. (Copa Colombia). The Company operates through air transportation segment. Copa Airlines operates from its position located in the Republic of Panama. Copa Airlines provides international air transportation for passengers, cargo and mail, operating from its Panama City hub in the Republic of Panama. Copa Colombia provides service within Colombia and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Copa Colombia provides domestic and international air transportation for passengers, cargo and mail with a point-to-point route network. Its subsidiary, Oval Financial Leasing, Ltd., controls the special purpose entities that have a beneficial interest in the majority of its fleet.

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