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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

14.4% of Despegar.com, Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.8% 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Despegar.com, Corp. and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Despegar.com, Corp. 0 2 3 0 2.60
Despegar.com, Corp. Competitors 87 646 966 43 2.55

Despegar.com, Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $35.80, indicating a potential upside of 33.04%. As a group, “Travel Agents” companies have a potential upside of 16.14%. Given Despegar.com, Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Despegar.com, Corp. is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Despegar.com, Corp. 8.52% 62.38% 8.16%
Despegar.com, Corp. Competitors -14.80% -47.89% -7.81%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Despegar.com, Corp. and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Despegar.com, Corp. $411.16 million $17.79 million N/A
Despegar.com, Corp. Competitors $3.16 billion $214.58 million 10.90

Despegar.com, Corp.’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Despegar.com, Corp..

Summary

Despegar.com, Corp. beats its peers on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

Despegar.com, Corp. 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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