Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (NYSE: GOL) and Azul SA (NASDAQ:AZUL) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Azul SA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes -2.70% -7.80% 3.17%
Azul SA -0.79% -5.74% -0.70%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Azul SA, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes 0 4 2 0 2.33
Azul SA 0 0 4 0 3.00

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes presently has a consensus target price of $21.83, indicating a potential upside of 24.05%. Azul SA has a consensus target price of $32.33, indicating a potential upside of 31.17%. Given Azul SA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Azul SA is more favorable than Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Azul SA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes $3.13 billion 0.39 $347.66 million ($1.20) -14.73
Azul SA $2.27 billion 1.19 $277.08 million N/A N/A

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has higher revenue and earnings than Azul SA.

Summary

Azul SA beats Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) is an airline company. The Company is engaged in providing mobile geolocation services to its passengers and designing a Website featuring accessibility resources to assist people with visual and motor impairments. The Company operates through two segments: Air transportation and Loyalty program. Air transportation segment operations originate from its subsidiary Gol Linhas Aereas S.A. (GLA) for the provision of air transportation services. Its operations also include cargo operations and excess baggage. Loyalty program segment operations are represented by the sale of mileage to air and non-air partner companies, which includes the management of the program, the sale of reward redemption rights and the creation and management of an individual and corporate database. The Company’s fleet has approximately 130 Boeing Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800.

About Azul SA

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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