Ctrip.com International (NASDAQ: CTRP) and Despegar Com (NASDAQ:DESP) are both travel agents companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Ctrip.com International and Despegar Com, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ctrip.com International 0 2 12 0 2.86
Despegar Com 0 2 2 0 2.50

Ctrip.com International presently has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.81%. Despegar Com has a consensus target price of $35.75, indicating a potential upside of 24.78%. Given Ctrip.com International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Ctrip.com International is more favorable than Despegar Com.

Profitability

This table compares Ctrip.com International and Despegar Com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ctrip.com International 8.92% 2.92% 1.51%
Despegar Com 2.76% N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.7% of Ctrip.com International shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Ctrip.com International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ctrip.com International and Despegar Com’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ctrip.com International $2.85 billion 8.22 -$206.06 million $0.60 76.12
Despegar Com N/A N/A N/A $0.55 52.09

Despegar Com has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ctrip.com International. Despegar Com is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ctrip.com International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Ctrip.com International beats Despegar Com on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ctrip.com International Company Profile

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Ctrip) is a travel service provider for accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. The Company aggregates hotel and transportation information to enable business and leisure travelers to make bookings. It helps leisure travelers book tour packages and guided tours, and helps corporate clients manage their travel requirements. In addition, it offers a range of other travel-related services, including travelers’ reviews, attraction tickets, travel-related financing and car services, and travel insurance and visa services to meet the various booking and travelling needs of both leisure and business travelers. It also offers independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products, including group tours, semi-group tours and private tours or packaged tours with different transportation arrangements, such as cruise, bus or self-driving.

Despegar Com Company Profile

Despegar.com 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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