The Comparing China Southern Airlines Company Limited (ZNH) & Copa Holdings, (CPA)

The Comparing China Southern Airlines Company Limited (ZNH) & Copa Holdings, (CPA)

China Southern Airlines Company Limited (NYSE: ZNH) and Copa Holdings, (NYSE:CPA) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Southern Airlines Company Limited and Copa Holdings,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

China Southern Airlines Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Copa Holdings,.

Profitability

This table compares China Southern Airlines Company Limited and Copa Holdings,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Dividends

China Southern Airlines Company Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Copa Holdings, pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Copa Holdings, pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Copa Holdings, has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Copa Holdings, is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.5% of China Southern Airlines Company Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.2% of Copa Holdings, shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

China Southern Airlines Company Limited has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Copa Holdings, has a beta of 1.8, suggesting that its stock price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for China Southern Airlines Company Limited and Copa Holdings,, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Copa Holdings, has a consensus target price of $115.14, suggesting a potential downside of 9.21%. Given Copa Holdings,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Copa Holdings, is more favorable than China Southern Airlines Company Limited.

Summary

Copa Holdings, beats China Southern Airlines Company Limited on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Southern Airlines Company Limited

China Southern Airlines Company Limited is principally engaged in the operation of civil aviation, including the provision of passenger, cargo, mail delivery and other extended transportation services. The Company operates through two business segments, including Airline Transportation segment and Other segment. Airline Transportation segment consist of passenger and cargo and mail operations. Other segment includes hotel and tour operation, ground services, cargo handling and other miscellaneous services. . The Company also provides services of general aviation and aircraft maintenance. The Company acts as an agency of domestic and foreign airlines, and other aviation and related business, such as personal accident insurance and agency business.

About Copa Holdings,

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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