Despegar.com (DESP) & The Competition Critical Comparison

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Despegar.com and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Despegar.com 0 2 3 0 2.60
Despegar.com Competitors 89 653 969 43 2.55

Despegar.com currently has a consensus price target of $35.80, indicating a potential upside of 33.38%. As a group, “Travel Agents” companies have a potential upside of 15.67%. Given Despegar.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Despegar.com is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.6% of Despegar.com shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.5% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Despegar.com and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Despegar.com $411.16 million $17.79 million N/A
Despegar.com Competitors $3.16 billion $214.58 million 9.98

Despegar.com’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Despegar.com.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Despegar.com N/A N/A N/A
Despegar.com Competitors -18.70% -60.07% -9.98%

Summary

Despegar.com beats its competitors on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

About Despegar.com

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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