Yatra Online (NASDAQ: YTRA) and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Yatra Online and TripAdvisor, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yatra Online 0 0 4 0 3.00
TripAdvisor 5 14 1 0 1.80

Yatra Online presently has a consensus target price of $14.95, indicating a potential upside of 45.15%. TripAdvisor has a consensus target price of $48.27, indicating a potential upside of 22.16%. Given Yatra Online’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Yatra Online is more favorable than TripAdvisor.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.9% of Yatra Online shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.1% of TripAdvisor shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of TripAdvisor shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Yatra Online and TripAdvisor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yatra Online -62.56% N/A -74.04%
TripAdvisor 6.87% 8.87% 5.77%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Yatra Online and TripAdvisor’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Yatra Online $145.22 million 2.17 -$28.04 million ($4.03) -2.56
TripAdvisor $1.50 billion 3.72 $202.00 million $0.70 56.44

TripAdvisor has higher revenue and earnings than Yatra Online. Yatra Online is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TripAdvisor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

TripAdvisor beats Yatra Online on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Yatra Online Company Profile

Yatra Online, Inc. is an India-based consumer travel platform and online travel agent. The Company’s segments include Air Ticketing, Hotels and Packages, and Others. Through Internet and mobile-based platform and call-centers, the Company provides the facility to book and service international and domestic air tickets to customer through business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) channel. Through an Internet and mobile-based platform, call-centers and branch offices, the Company provides holiday packages and hotel reservations. The Other segment includes the advertisement income from hosting advertisements on its Internet Websites, income from sale of rail and bus tickets, and income from facilitating Website access to travel insurance companies. It offers multiple mobile applications for a range of consumer segments and services, including Yatra, Yatra Mini, Yatra Web Check-In, Yatra Corporate, Travelguru HomeStay and Yatra Hoteliers DESTranet.

TripAdvisor Company Profile

TripAdvisor, Inc. owns and operates a portfolio of online travel brands. TripAdvisor, the Company’s brand, is a travel site. The Company operates through two segments: Hotel and Non-Hotel. The Company’s Hotel segment includes click-based advertising and transaction; display-based and subscription-based advertising, and other hotel operations. The Non-Hotel segment includes Attractions, Restaurants and Vacation Rentals businesses. The Company’s platform also enables users to compare real-time pricing and availability for these experiences, as well as to book hotels, flights, cruises, vacation rentals, tours, activities and attractions, and restaurants, on either a TripAdvisor site or application, or a travel partner site or application. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s TripAdvisor-branded Websites included tripadvisor.com in the United States and localized versions of the TripAdvisor Website in 48 markets and 28 languages around the world.

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