Comparing China Eastern Airlines (CEA) & Mesa Air Group (MESA)

China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA) and Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ:MESA) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.4% of China Eastern Airlines shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares China Eastern Airlines and Mesa Air Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Eastern Airlines 3.91% 7.21% 1.86%
Mesa Air Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for China Eastern Airlines and Mesa Air Group, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Eastern Airlines 0 2 3 0 2.60
Mesa Air Group 0 0 4 1 3.20

Mesa Air Group has a consensus price target of $17.80, suggesting a potential upside of 28.43%. Given Mesa Air Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Mesa Air Group is more favorable than China Eastern Airlines.


China Eastern Airlines pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Mesa Air Group does not pay a dividend. China Eastern Airlines pays out 11.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Eastern Airlines and Mesa Air Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Eastern Airlines $15.17 billion 0.49 $938.61 million $3.26 7.93
Mesa Air Group $643.57 million 0.50 $32.82 million N/A N/A

China Eastern Airlines has higher revenue and earnings than Mesa Air Group.


China Eastern Airlines beats Mesa Air Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the civil aviation industry in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers passenger, cargo, mail delivery, ground, cargo handling, tour operations, air catering, and other extended transportation services. It is also involved in flight training; airline maintenance and consultation; import and export, investment, leasing, and consultation; hotel services; travel and air ticketing agency and transportation; the research and development of technology and products in the field of aviation; and e-commerce platform activities. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated a fleet of 637 aircraft, including 627 passenger aircraft and 10 business aircraft. China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China. China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited is a subsidiary of China Eastern Air Holding Company Limited.

About Mesa Air Group

Mesa Air Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Mesa Airlines, Inc., which provides regional air services under capacity purchase agreements with the American Airlines and the United Airlines. As of March 31, 2018, it operated 145 aircraft with approximately 610 daily departures to 110 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Cuba. Mesa Air Group, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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