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Peter Lynch Guru Analysis for Copa Holdings, S.A.

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Assessments & Analysis Based on November 30, 2015 close price: $51.65

  for the P/E/Growth Investor based on the criteria of Peter Lynch. Return to CPA Guru Analysis

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Source Go Chart %
Peter Lynch 91%
Benjamin Graham 71%
Validea 0%
Motley Fool 15%
David Dreman 54%
Martin Zweig 38%
Kenneth Fisher 20%
James P. O'Shaughnessy 50%

Detailed Analysis

Guru Score: 91%

Determine the Classification:

According to this methodology, CPA is a "Slow Grower", based on its single digit earnings growth of 7.7366%, Based on the average of the 3, 4 and 5 year historical EPS growth rates.


CPA would fall into the "Dividend Payers" category according to this methodology. The first requirement of a Slow Grower is that its sales exceed one billion. CPA's sales are $2,372 million. It passes the test.

Inventory To Sales: [PASS]

When inventories increase faster than sales, it is a red flag. However an increase of up to 5% is considered bearable if all other ratios appear attractive. Inventory to sales for CPA was 2.18% last year, while for this year it is 2.22%. Since inventory to sales has not changed appreciably, CPA passes this test.


This methodology also maintains that the Yield of a "Slow Grower" should be high, which includes being higher than the S&P average (currently 2.41%). The yield for CPA is not available, which means this criterion cannot be analyzed.


This methodology would consider the Yield-adjusted P/E/G ratio for CPA of .76, Based on the average of the 3, 4 and 5 year historical EPS growth rates, to be good.

Total Debt/Equity Ratio: [PASS]

This methodology would consider the Debt/Equity ratio for CPA (59.58%) to be mediocre. If the Debt/Equity ratio is this high, the other ratios and financial statistics for CPA should be good enough to compensate.


The Free Cash Flow/Price ratio, though not a requirement, is considered a bonus if it is above 35%. A positive Cash Flow (the higher the better) separates a wonderfully reliable investment from a shaky one. This methodology prefers not to invest in companies that rely heavily on capital spending. This ratio for CPA (-3.76%) is too low to add to the attractiveness of the stock. Keep in mind, however, that it does not adversely affect the company as it is a bonus criteria.

NET CASH POSITION: Another bonus for a company is having a Net Cash/Price ratio above 30%. Lynch defines net cash as cash and marketable securities minus long term debt. According to this methodology, a high value for this ratio dramatically cuts down on the risk of the security. The Net Cash/Price ratio for CPA (33.7%) is high enough to add to the attractiveness of this company.

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