Comparing Kayak Software (KYAK) and Its Peers

Kayak Software (NASDAQ: KYAK) is one of 114 publicly-traded companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Kayak Software to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.8% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.6% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Kayak Software and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kayak Software 2.58% 2.19% 1.98%
Kayak Software Competitors -45.85% -24.64% -7.33%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Kayak Software and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kayak Software 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kayak Software Competitors 335 2207 4610 92 2.62

As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 9.10%. Given Kayak Software’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kayak Software has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kayak Software and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kayak Software N/A N/A 93.19
Kayak Software Competitors $2.20 billion $401.02 million 456.44

Kayak Software’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Kayak Software. Kayak Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Kayak Software rivals beat Kayak Software on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

About Kayak Software

Centralizing online travel deals is smooth sailing for Kayak Software. Through its websites (KAYAK.com, swoodoo.com, and SideStep.com) in about 15 countries, the company displays rates on airfare, hotels, rental cars, and cruises from more than 500 other travel websites. Kayak Software offers fare information from Continental Airlines and American Airlines, as well as prices from Funjet Vacations, Marriott International, and InterContinental Hotel Group, among others. In addition to booking, the firm’s websites and mobile applications provide destination information, travel tips, member discounts, and hotel descriptions. Founded in 2004, Kayak Software filed to go public in late 2010.

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