Head-To-Head Contrast: Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ:MESA) & Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (NASDAQ:GOL)

Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ:MESA) and Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (NYSE:GOL) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.5% of Mesa Air Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.6% of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of Mesa Air Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Mesa Air Group and Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesa Air Group 0 0 4 1 3.20
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes 1 2 3 0 2.33

Mesa Air Group currently has a consensus target price of $16.60, suggesting a potential upside of 72.92%. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has a consensus target price of $12.26, suggesting a potential downside of 25.14%. Given Mesa Air Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mesa Air Group is more favorable than Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mesa Air Group and Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mesa Air Group $681.59 million 0.41 $33.25 million $1.23 7.80
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes $2.97 billion 0.96 -$296.96 million ($0.14) -116.93

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

Profitability

This table compares Mesa Air Group and Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesa Air Group 5.76% 17.46% 4.30%
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes -11.35% N/A -1.26%

Summary

Mesa Air Group beats Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mesa Air Group Company Profile

Mesa Air Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Mesa Airlines, Inc., which provides regional air carrier services under capacity purchase agreements with the American Airlines and the United Airlines. As of September 30, 2018, it operated a fleet of 145 aircraft with approximately 730 daily departures to 110 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and the Bahamas. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Company Profile

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. provides air passenger transportation services in Brazil and rest of South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The company operates through Flight Transportation and Smiles Loyalty Program segments. It also offers cargo transportation and logistics services. In addition, the company offers Smiles loyalty programs with approximately 15.4 million members, allowing clients to accumulate and redeem miles. As of December 31, 2018, it operated a single fleet of 115 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft and six Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft with 700 daily flights to 69 destinations. GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.

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