Head-To-Head Review: Copa Holdings, (CPA) and Alaska Air Group (ALK)

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

Volatility & Risk

Copa Holdings, has a beta of 1.91, meaning that its share price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alaska Air Group has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.5% of Copa Holdings, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.4% of Alaska Air Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Alaska Air Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Copa Holdings, and Alaska Air Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Copa Holdings, 14.88% 16.81% 8.14%
Alaska Air Group 10.34% 28.74% 8.75%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Copa Holdings, and Alaska Air Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Copa Holdings, $2.22 billion 2.65 $334.54 million $8.61 15.31
Alaska Air Group $5.93 billion 1.38 $814.00 million $6.23 10.66

Alaska Air Group has higher revenue and earnings than Copa Holdings,. Alaska Air Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Copa Holdings,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Copa Holdings, pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Alaska Air Group pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Copa Holdings, pays out 34.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Alaska Air Group pays out 19.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Alaska Air Group has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Copa Holdings, and Alaska Air Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Copa Holdings, 0 4 2 0 2.33
Alaska Air Group 0 1 8 1 3.00

Copa Holdings, currently has a consensus target price of $128.20, suggesting a potential downside of 2.72%. Alaska Air Group has a consensus target price of $87.36, suggesting a potential upside of 31.57%. Given Alaska Air Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alaska Air Group is more favorable than Copa Holdings,.

Summary

Alaska Air Group beats Copa Holdings, on 12 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Alaska Air Group

Alaska Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Alaska Airlines (Alaska), Virgin America Inc., Horizon Air (Horizon) and other business units. The Company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional and Horizon. Its Mainline segment includes Alaska’s and Virgin America’s scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States, and in parts of Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba. Its Regional segment includes Horizon’s and other third-party carriers’ scheduled air transportation for passengers across a shorter distance network within the United States under capacity purchased arrangements (CPAs). Its Horizon segment includes the capacity sold to Alaska under CPA. Alaska and Virgin America operate fleets of narrowbody passenger jets. As of December 31, 2016, it maintained two frequent flyer plans: the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and the Virgin America Elevate.

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