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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Azul SA $2.26 billion 1.38 $276.07 million N/A N/A
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes $3.14 billion 0.28 $348.49 million ($1.20) -18.17

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Azul SA -1.97% -8.12% -1.58%
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes -2.70% -9.77% -3.27%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Azul SA and Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Azul SA 0 0 4 0 3.00
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes 0 3 2 0 2.40

Azul SA presently has a consensus target price of $32.33, indicating a potential upside of 14.21%. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has a consensus target price of $21.25, indicating a potential downside of 2.12%. Given Azul SA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Azul SA is more favorable than Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes.

Summary

Azul SA beats Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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