Bristow Group (BRS) & Avianca (AVH) Financial Comparison

Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) and Avianca (NYSE:AVH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Dividends

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Bristow Group pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Avianca pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Bristow Group pays out -1.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Avianca pays out 11.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Bristow Group and Avianca, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bristow Group 0 3 0 0 2.00
Avianca 0 1 2 0 2.67

Bristow Group currently has a consensus price target of $12.33, indicating a potential downside of 7.62%. Avianca has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.86%. Given Avianca’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Avianca is more favorable than Bristow Group.

Volatility and Risk

Bristow Group has a beta of 3.03, indicating that its stock price is 203% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avianca has a beta of 0.63, indicating that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Bristow Group and Avianca’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bristow Group -12.13% -7.91% -3.25%
Avianca 2.12% 11.94% 1.61%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bristow Group and Avianca’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bristow Group $1.40 billion 0.34 -$170.53 million ($4.90) -2.72
Avianca $4.44 billion 0.16 $48.23 million $0.77 11.35

Avianca has higher revenue and earnings than Bristow Group. Bristow Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Avianca, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.9% of Avianca shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Bristow Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Avianca beats Bristow Group on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan. The Africa region consists of all its operations and affiliates on the African continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt. The Americas region consists of all its operations and affiliates in North America and South America, including Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and the United States Gulf of Mexico. The Asia Pacific region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Australia and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Sakhalin. Additionally, it operates a training unit, Bristow Academy.

About Avianca

Avianca Holdings S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, South America, and internationally. It offers passenger and cargo air transportation services; and aircraft maintenance, crew training, and other airport services to other carriers, as well as travel-related services to its customers. The company is also involved in ground operations for third?party airlines in airport hubs, and aircraft leasing activities; and operates LifeMiles, a frequent flyer program. As of December 31, 2016, it operated a fleet of 181 aircraft, including 139 jet passenger aircrafts, 30 turboprop passenger aircrafts, and 12 cargo aircrafts. The company was formerly known as AviancaTaca Holding S.A. and changed its name to Avianca Holdings S.A. in March 2013. The company was founded in 1919 and is based in Panama City, Panama. Avianca Holdings S.A. is a subsidiary of Synergy Aerospace Corp.

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