Azul SA (NASDAQ: AZUL) and United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Azul SA and United Continental Holdings’ 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%
United Continental Holdings 6.09% 29.46% 6.17%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Azul SA and United Continental Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Azul SA $2.25 billion 1.38 $274.76 million N/A N/A
United Continental Holdings $37.38 billion 0.53 $6.37 billion $7.23 9.02

United Continental Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Azul SA.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Azul SA and United Continental Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Azul SA 0 0 4 0 3.00
United Continental Holdings 0 12 6 0 2.33

Azul SA currently has a consensus target price of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.90%. United Continental Holdings has a consensus target price of $82.05, suggesting a potential upside of 25.75%. Given United Continental Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe United Continental Holdings is more favorable than Azul SA.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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

Summary

United Continental Holdings beats Azul SA on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Azul SA Company Profile

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.

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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