Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (NYSE: GOL) and Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Hawaiian Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes 0 3 2 0 2.40
Hawaiian Holdings 2 5 5 0 2.25

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes currently has a consensus price target of $21.25, indicating a potential downside of 2.12%. Hawaiian Holdings has a consensus price target of $51.27, indicating a potential upside of 27.39%. Given Hawaiian Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hawaiian Holdings is more favorable than Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes -2.70% -9.77% -3.27%
Hawaiian Holdings 8.88% 44.12% 11.29%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Hawaiian Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes $3.14 billion 0.28 $348.49 million ($1.20) -18.17
Hawaiian Holdings $2.59 billion 0.83 $606.10 million $4.28 9.40

Hawaiian Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hawaiian Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.4% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Hawaiian Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has a beta of 2, suggesting that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hawaiian Holdings has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Hawaiian Holdings beats Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Company Profile

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.

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.

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