LATAM Airlines Group (NYSE: LTM) and United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares LATAM Airlines Group and United Continental Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LATAM Airlines Group $9.29 billion 0.93 $1.41 billion ($0.01) -1,426.57
United Continental Holdings $37.38 billion 0.48 $6.37 billion $7.23 8.13

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

Dividends

LATAM Airlines Group pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. United Continental Holdings does not pay a dividend. LATAM Airlines Group pays out -199.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for LATAM Airlines Group and United Continental Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LATAM Airlines Group 1 3 1 0 2.00
United Continental Holdings 0 12 6 0 2.33

LATAM Airlines Group presently has a consensus price target of $10.67, indicating a potential downside of 25.30%. United Continental Holdings has a consensus price target of $81.59, indicating a potential upside of 38.75%. Given United Continental Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe United Continental Holdings is more favorable than LATAM Airlines Group.

Profitability

This table compares LATAM Airlines Group and United Continental Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LATAM Airlines Group -0.14% -0.16% -0.03%
United Continental Holdings 6.09% 29.46% 6.17%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.2% of LATAM Airlines Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of United Continental Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 7.9% of LATAM Airlines Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of United Continental Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

LATAM Airlines Group has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Continental Holdings has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

United Continental Holdings beats LATAM Airlines Group on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

LATAM Airlines Group Company Profile

LATAM Airlines Group SA is a Chile-based company, which is engaged in passenger and cargo air transportation, both in the domestic markets of Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil and in a developed series of regional and international routes in America, Europe and Oceania. These businesses are performed directly or through its subsidiaries in different countries. It operates through two segments: the Air transportation business and the Coalition and loyalty program Multiplus. It Air transportation segment corresponds to the route network for air transport. Its segment of Coalition and loyalty program called Multiplus is a frequent flyer programs, which operate as a unilateral system of loyalty that offers a flexible coalition system. The Company operates a fleet of over 329 aircrafts. Its passenger aircrafts include Airbus A319-100, Airbus A350-900, Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 777-300ER.

United Continental Holdings Company Profile

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc. (United). The Company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations. It has global air rights in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Company, through United and its regional carriers, operates flights from its hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark Liberty), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago O’Hare), Denver International Airport (Denver), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston Bush), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), A.B. Won Pat International Airport (Guam), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington Dulles). It has contractual relationships with regional carriers to provide regional jet and turboprop service branded as United Express. These regional operations are an extension of the Company’s mainline network.

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