(NYSE: DESP) is one of 11 publicly-traded companies in the “Travel Agents” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score 0 2 3 0 2.60 Competitors 89 652 966 43 2.55 currently has a consensus target price of $35.80, indicating a potential upside of 34.49%. As a group, “Travel Agents” companies have a potential upside of 18.39%. Given’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio $411.16 million $17.79 million 50.23 Competitors $3.16 billion $214.58 million 13.18’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.6% of shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.5% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets N/A N/A N/A Competitors -19.28% -62.93% -10.87%

Summary beats its peers on 6 of the 11 factors compared. Company Profile Corp is an Argentina-based travel agency. The Company’s activities are divided into two business segments: Air, as well as Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products. The Air division focuses on the sale of airline tickets. The Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products division includes sales of travel packages with or without airline tickets and hotel rooms, as well as stand-alone sales of hotel rooms, including vacation rentals, car rentals, bus tickets, cruise tickets, travel insurance and destination services. Its destinations include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates through a number of subsidiaries in Latin America and the United States.

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