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Copa Holdings NYSE:CPA Stock Report

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28 Sep, 2022


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CPA fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth3/6
Past Performance2/6
Financial Health2/6

CPA Stock Overview

Copa Holdings, S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides airline passenger and cargo services.

Copa Holdings, S.A. Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Copa Holdings
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$68.74
52 Week HighUS$97.63
52 Week LowUS$55.25
1 Month Change-5.72%
3 Month Change8.47%
1 Year Change-15.93%
3 Year Change-29.45%
5 Year Change-46.87%
Change since IPO183.46%

Recent News & Updates

Sep 25
Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE:CPA) Shares Could Be 30% Above Their Intrinsic Value Estimate

Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE:CPA) Shares Could Be 30% Above Their Intrinsic Value Estimate

Today we'll do a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Copa Holdings, S.A...

Sep 23

Copa Holdings Has Become Interesting

Summary CPA has underperformed the S&P 500 by a wide margin over the last five years. The airline is facing a strong headwind from abnormally high fuel costs. However, this headwind is likely to subside in the upcoming quarters. CPA is trading at only 6.0 times its expected earnings in 2024. Copa Holdings (CPA) has underperformed the market by a wide margin over the last five years. During this period, the stock has shed 46% whereas the S&P 500 has rallied 51%. The vast underperformance of the airline has resulted primarily from the impact of the pandemic on its business. However, Copa Holdings is now recovering from the pandemic and its stock has become remarkably cheap. Therefore, investors should put this stock on their radar. Business overview Just like all the other airlines, Copa Holdings was severely affected by the coronavirus crisis in 2020. Due to the social distancing measures taken in response to the pandemic and the reluctance of people to travel, leisure and business travel collapsed in that year. Consequently, Copa Holdings incurred an adjusted loss per share of -$6.11 in that year, its first loss in more than a decade. On the bright side, thanks to the massive distribution of vaccines worldwide, the pandemic has begun to subside and thus Copa Holdings has greatly improved its performance. It posted a marginal profit in 2021 and has returned to high profitability this year. On the other hand, the airline is facing another strong headwind this year, namely the surge of the cost of jet fuel, which has resulted from the sanctions of western countries on Russia for its invasion in Ukraine. Before the sanctions, Russia was producing approximately 10% of global oil output and an even greater percent of global refined products. Therefore, the sanctions have greatly tightened the market of refined products and hence the price of jet fuel has rallied to a 13-year high this year. The impact of the multi-year high fuel cost on the results of Copa Holdings was evident in its latest earnings report. In the second quarter, the airline grew its revenue 7.5% over the pre-pandemic second quarter of 2019. In other words, the sales of Copa Holdings have recovered above pre-pandemic levels. However, its operating cost per available seat mile grew 20% due to the surge of fuel cost. Notably, the fuel cost comprised 43% of total operating cost in the quarter. Due to this headwind, the earnings of Copa Holdings plunged from $1.20 in Q2-2019 to $0.32. However, it is critical to realize that the price of oil has probably peaked. Most countries have been severely hurt by the rally of the oil price this year and thus they are exhausting their means to diversify away from oil. Some countries have reinvigorated their coal mines and most countries are investing in renewable energy projects at a record pace. As a result, the price of oil has lately fallen below its level at the time of the invasion of Russia in Ukraine. This is a strong bearish signal for the oil price, as it illustrates that the shock from the war in Ukraine has been absorbed by the oil market. Moreover, whenever the price of oil has reached its current highs, a slump has always ensued due to the dramatic cyclicality of the oil market. To cut a long story short, the fuel cost of Copa Holdings has almost certainly peaked, with a significant decrease likely in the upcoming quarters. As this cost comprised 43% of total operating cost in the latest quarter, it is evident that a material decrease of this cost will greatly expand the profit margin of Copa Holdings. It is also worth noting that Copa Holdings has provided rosy guidance for the third quarter. More precisely, it expects its operating margin to expand from 6% in the second quarter to 16%-18% in the third quarter. Notably management expects the capacity in the third quarter to reach 100% of the capacity in Q3-2019. The airline issued this guidance in early August and hence it is safe to assume that the business performance in July was exceptionally strong. Overall, the company has essentially returned to pre-pandemic business performance and the headwind from abnormally high fuel costs is likely to subside in the upcoming quarters. Most investors hesitate to invest in airlines, as they are infamous for their high cyclicality and vulnerability to recessions. Indeed, numerous airlines have gone bankrupt throughout the history of the aviation industry. However, Copa Holdings enjoys some unique competitive advantages, which render the company more resilient than the vast majority of its peers. Copa has the base of its operations in Panama City, which is the center for financial services, shipping and commerce in the greater area. The company also benefits from high economic growth in Latin America while it serves several destinations that do not generate enough demand to drive much competition. Overall, thanks to the strategic location of its operations, Copa Holdings faces much less competition than most airlines. Valuation Analysts seem to agree on the sustained recovery of Copa Holdings from the pandemic and expect the airline to grow its earnings per share from $0.06 in 2021 to $6.24 in 2022. This means that the stock is currently trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.2. Such an earnings multiple may seem reasonable for an airline but it is too low if one takes into account that the recovery of Copa Holdings is only in its early phases. Analysts expect the company to grow its earnings per share to $8.85 in 2023 and $11.65 in 2024. In other words, the stock is trading at only 7.9 times its expected earnings in 2023 and 6.0 times its expected earnings in 2024. Therefore, patient investors are likely to be highly rewarded by Copa Holdings in the upcoming years. Risks The main reasons behind the cheap valuation of the stock are the aforementioned headwind from high fuel costs and the risk of an upcoming recession. If the price of jet fuel remains around its 13-year highs for years, it will continue to exert pressure on the margins of Copa Holdings and thus the airline may not grow its earnings as fast as analysts expect right now. However, given the high cyclicality of the oil market and the record number of clean energy projects under development, this adverse scenario is highly unlikely.

Sep 13

Copa Holdings passenger traffic gains 2% for Aug. vs. Aug. 2019

Copa Holdings (NYSE:CPA) on Tuesday said passenger traffic for Aug. 2022 rose 2% from the level before the COVID-19 pandemic in Aug. 2019. Consolidated capacity gained 0.4% for Aug. 2022 from the level before the pandemic in Aug. 2019. CPA said load factor for Aug. 2022 was 86.6% compared to 85.3% for Aug. 2019. Copa provides Latin American passenger and cargo services. Class A shares of CPA earlier closed -3% at $72.67.

Sep 07
The Returns At Copa Holdings (NYSE:CPA) Aren't Growing

The Returns At Copa Holdings (NYSE:CPA) Aren't Growing

If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two...

Shareholder Returns

CPAUS AirlinesUS Market

Return vs Industry: CPA exceeded the US Airlines industry which returned -40.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CPA exceeded the US Market which returned -22.1% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is CPA's price volatile compared to industry and market?
CPA volatility
CPA Average Weekly Movement5.0%
Airlines Industry Average Movement6.7%
Market Average Movement6.9%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market15.8%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market2.8%

Stable Share Price: CPA is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: CPA's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

19476,127Pedro Heilbron

Copa Holdings, S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides airline passenger and cargo services. The company offers approximately 204 daily scheduled flights to 69 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean from its Panama City hub. As of December 31, 2021, it operated a fleet of 91 aircraft comprising 77 Boeing 737-Next Generation aircraft and 14 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

Copa Holdings, S.A. Fundamentals Summary

How do Copa Holdings's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
CPA fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$2.72b
Earnings (TTM)US$270.34m
Revenue (TTM)US$2.28b


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Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
CPA income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$1.44b
Gross ProfitUS$841.39m
Other ExpensesUS$571.05m

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 30, 2022

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)6.84
Gross Margin36.82%
Net Profit Margin11.83%
Debt/Equity Ratio115.6%

How did CPA perform over the long term?

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