Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ: HA) and China Southern Airlines Company Limited (NYSE:ZNH) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Hawaiian Holdings has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Southern Airlines Company Limited has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Hawaiian Holdings and China Southern Airlines Company Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hawaiian Holdings 9.42% 44.77% 10.91%
China Southern Airlines Company Limited N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.5% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.5% of China Southern Airlines Company Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Hawaiian Holdings and China Southern Airlines Company Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hawaiian Holdings 3 4 5 0 2.17
China Southern Airlines Company Limited 1 0 1 0 2.00

Hawaiian Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $54.09, indicating a potential upside of 14.84%. Given Hawaiian Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Hawaiian Holdings is more favorable than China Southern Airlines Company Limited.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hawaiian Holdings and China Southern Airlines Company Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hawaiian Holdings $2.51 billion 1.01 $607.32 million $4.27 11.03
China Southern Airlines Company Limited $17.23 billion 0.45 $2.87 billion N/A N/A

China Southern Airlines Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Hawaiian Holdings.

Dividends

China Southern Airlines Company Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Hawaiian Holdings does not pay a dividend. China Southern Airlines Company Limited has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Hawaiian Holdings beats China Southern Airlines Company Limited on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hawaiian Holdings Company Profile

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands (the Neighbor Island routes), between the Hawaiian Islands and certain cities in the United States (the North America routes), and between the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (the International routes), collectively referred to as its Scheduled Operations. It offers non-stop service to Hawai’i from United States gateway cities. As of December 31, 2016, it also provided approximately 160 daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands. The Company operates various charter flights. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft for the Neighbor Island routes, eight Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and 23 Airbus A330-200 aircraft for the North America, International, and charter routes.

China Southern Airlines Company Limited Company Profile

China Southern Airlines Company Limited is principally engaged in the operation of civil aviation, including the provision of passenger, cargo, mail delivery and other extended transportation services. The Company operates through two business segments, including Airline Transportation segment and Other segment. Airline Transportation segment consist of passenger and cargo and mail operations. Other segment includes hotel and tour operation, ground services, cargo handling and other miscellaneous services. . The Company also provides services of general aviation and aircraft maintenance. The Company acts as an agency of domestic and foreign airlines, and other aviation and related business, such as personal accident insurance and agency business.

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