Financial Contrast: Azul (AZUL) vs. SkyWest (SKYW)

Azul (NYSE: AZUL) and SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Azul and SkyWest, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Azul 0 0 5 0 3.00
SkyWest 0 1 2 1 3.00

Azul currently has a consensus price target of $31.70, suggesting a potential downside of 6.94%. SkyWest has a consensus price target of $59.25, suggesting a potential upside of 1.28%. Given SkyWest’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SkyWest is more favorable than Azul.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.3% of Azul shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of SkyWest shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of SkyWest shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


SkyWest pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Azul does not pay a dividend. SkyWest pays out 4.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Azul and SkyWest’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Azul $2.44 billion 4.49 $165.68 million N/A N/A
SkyWest $3.20 billion 0.95 $428.90 million $8.07 7.25

SkyWest has higher revenue and earnings than Azul.


This table compares Azul and SkyWest’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Azul 6.76% 24.15% 5.73%
SkyWest 13.39% 12.08% 3.41%


SkyWest beats Azul on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Azul

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.

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest’s airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with nearly 3,000 daily flights carrying more than 53 million passengers annually. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest employs nearly 17,000 employees.

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