Is Embraer's Stock Overvalued? Major Shareholders Seem To Think So

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We have said often that the future of passenger air travel lies in smaller jets flying to smaller cities. The hub and spoke model is outmoded, and large passenger jets are really only well suited for a few major city-pairs. Meanwhile, the freight market that would have helped to defray the costs (because air freight carriers really do need bigger aircraft) seems to remain tightly locked up.

A good example of the direction we see things going is evidenced by JetBlue’s (NASDAQ:JBLU) current plans to offer nonstop service from Westchester County, New York.

The flights would begin in March, county officials said. Airport manager Peter Scherer said the airline is considering routines to Orlando, West Palm Beach and Chicago.

We have generally regarded this trend as positive for Brazilian regional jet manufacturer Embraer (NYSE:ERJ). However, ERJ's current valuation may be a bit stretched if insiders are any indication.

Brazil’s Embraer Share Offering Nearly Doubles

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer said on Tuesday its proposed share offering will be about twice as large as planned because more of its shareholders decided to join the sale. Embraer, the world’s fourth largest commercial aircraft producer, said in a filing to Brazil’s securities regulator five of its shareholders will offer 72.9 million common shares. In a December filing, the company said two shareholders planned to offer 43.3 million shares.

With major shareholders all seeming to feel like this is a good time to lighten up, investors should probably be wary about buying right now.

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