Head to Head Review: China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA) vs. Sun Country Airlines (NASDAQ:SNCY)

China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEAGet Rating) and Sun Country Airlines (NASDAQ:SNCYGet Rating) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares China Eastern Airlines and Sun Country Airlines’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Eastern Airlines $10.40 billion 0.52 -$1.89 billion ($7.13) -2.33
Sun Country Airlines $623.02 million 2.18 $77.47 million $1.11 21.11

Sun Country Airlines has lower revenue, but higher earnings than China Eastern Airlines. China Eastern Airlines is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sun Country Airlines, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares China Eastern Airlines and Sun Country Airlines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Eastern Airlines -24.49% -31.51% -5.68%
Sun Country Airlines 9.51% 7.68% 2.72%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for China Eastern Airlines and Sun Country Airlines, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Eastern Airlines 1 2 2 0 2.20
Sun Country Airlines 0 1 4 0 2.80

Sun Country Airlines has a consensus price target of $37.20, suggesting a potential upside of 58.77%. Given Sun Country Airlines’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sun Country Airlines is more favorable than China Eastern Airlines.

Volatility and Risk

China Eastern Airlines has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sun Country Airlines has a beta of -0.22, indicating that its stock price is 122% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of China Eastern Airlines shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Sun Country Airlines beats China Eastern Airlines on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Eastern Airlines Company Profile (Get Rating)

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the civil aviation industry in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and internationally. The company offers passenger, cargo, mail delivery, ground, tour operations, air catering, and other miscellaneous services. It is also involved in flight training; airline maintenance; the provision of import and export, investment, leasing, and consultation services; hotel services; the research and development of technology and products in the field of aviation; and e-commerce platform and ticket agent services. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated a fleet of 734 aircraft, including 725 passenger aircraft and nine business aircraft. China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

Sun Country Airlines Company Profile (Get Rating)

Sun Country Airlines Holdings, Inc., an air carrier company, provides scheduled passenger, air cargo, charter air transportation, and related services in the United States, Latin America, and internationally. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated a fleet of 48 aircraft, including 36 passenger and 12 cargo aircraft. Sun Country Airlines Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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