Head-To-Head Survey: China Southern Airlines (ZNH) and Its Rivals

China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) is one of 27 public companies in the “Airlines” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare China Southern Airlines to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.


This table compares China Southern Airlines and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Southern Airlines N/A N/A N/A
China Southern Airlines Competitors 5.30% 21.35% 6.74%


China Southern Airlines pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. As a group, “Airlines” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 27.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. China Southern Airlines has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.5% of China Southern Airlines shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.6% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for China Southern Airlines and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Southern Airlines 1 0 0 0 1.00
China Southern Airlines Competitors 324 1109 2214 102 2.56

As a group, “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 7.39%. Given China Southern Airlines’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe China Southern Airlines has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

China Southern Airlines has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Southern Airlines’ competitors have a beta of 1.23, meaning that their average stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Southern Airlines and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
China Southern Airlines $17.31 billion $759.12 million N/A
China Southern Airlines Competitors $9.83 billion $754.70 million 350.49

China Southern Airlines has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors.


China Southern Airlines competitors beat China Southern Airlines on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

China Southern Airlines Company Profile

China Southern Airlines Company Limited is principally engaged in the operation of civil aviation, including the provision of passenger, cargo, mail delivery and other extended transportation services. The Company operates through two business segments, including Airline Transportation segment and Other segment. Airline Transportation segment consist of passenger and cargo and mail operations. Other segment includes hotel and tour operation, ground services, cargo handling and other miscellaneous services. . The Company also provides services of general aviation and aircraft maintenance. The Company acts as an agency of domestic and foreign airlines, and other aviation and related business, such as personal accident insurance and agency business.

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