Comparing Copa (CPA) & Azul (AZUL)

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

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 35.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.4% of Copa shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.6% of Azul shares are held 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Copa and Azul’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Copa $2.22 billion 2.78 $334.54 million $8.46 16.33
Azul $1.91 billion 4.01 -$36.21 million N/A N/A

Copa has higher revenue and earnings than Azul.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Copa and Azul, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

Copa currently has a consensus price target of $132.67, indicating a potential downside of 4.00%. Azul has a consensus price target of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 38.42%. Given Azul’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Azul is more favorable than Copa.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Copa 14.88% 16.81% 8.14%
Azul N/A N/A N/A

Summary

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

Copa Company Profile

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.

Azul Company Profile

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.

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