United Continental (NASDAQ:UAL) versus CATHAY PAC AIRW/S (CPCAY) Head to Head Survey

CATHAY PAC AIRW/S (OTCMKTS:CPCAY) and United Continental (NASDAQ:UAL) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CATHAY PAC AIRW/S and United Continental, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CATHAY PAC AIRW/S 0 0 1 0 3.00
United Continental 1 5 11 0 2.59

United Continental has a consensus target price of $101.69, suggesting a potential upside of 24.77%. Given United Continental’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe United Continental is more favorable than CATHAY PAC AIRW/S.

Volatility and Risk

CATHAY PAC AIRW/S has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Continental has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares CATHAY PAC AIRW/S and United Continental’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Continental 5.43% 28.41% 5.82%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CATHAY PAC AIRW/S and United Continental’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CATHAY PAC AIRW/S $14.17 billion 0.43 $299.20 million $0.38 20.53
United Continental $41.30 billion 0.52 $2.13 billion $9.13 8.93

United Continental has higher revenue and earnings than CATHAY PAC AIRW/S. United Continental is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CATHAY PAC AIRW/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CATHAY PAC AIRW/S pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. United Continental does not pay a dividend. CATHAY PAC AIRW/S pays out 57.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.1% of United Continental shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of United Continental shares are owned 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.


United Continental beats CATHAY PAC AIRW/S on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

CATHAY PAC AIRW/S Company Profile

Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an airline that provides scheduled passenger and cargo services to approximately 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, and Africa. It operates in two segments, Airline Business and Non-Airline Business. The company conducts airline operations principally to and from Hong Kong. It also offers airline catering, ground handling, aircraft ramp handling, aircraft engineering, property investment, financial, computer network for interchange of air cargo related information, information processing, laundry and dry cleaning, and food processing and catering services, as well as provides travel reward programs. In addition, the company operates as a travel tour operator and as an aircraft leasing facilitator; and cargo terminals. It operates a fleet of approximately 200 aircraft. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Lantau, Hong Kong.

United Continental Company Profile

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. It transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional operations. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated a fleet of 1,329 aircraft. It also sells fuel; and offers catering, ground handling, and maintenance services for third parties. The company was formerly known as UAL Corporation and changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010. United Continental Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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