Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Despegar Com (NASDAQ:DESP) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.5% of Expedia shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.0% of Expedia shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Expedia pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Despegar Com does not pay a dividend. Expedia pays out 47.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Expedia 4.09% 10.71% 3.52%
Despegar Com 2.76% N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Expedia and Despegar Com, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Expedia 0 7 21 1 2.79
Despegar Com 0 2 2 0 2.50

Expedia presently has a consensus target price of $160.03, suggesting a potential upside of 29.57%. Despegar Com has a consensus target price of $35.75, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Despegar Com’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Despegar Com is more favorable than Expedia.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Expedia and Despegar Com’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Expedia $8,773.56 2.13 $281.84 $2.53 48.82
Despegar Com N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Expedia has higher revenue and earnings than Despegar Com.


Expedia beats Despegar Com on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Expedia

Expedia, Inc. is an online travel company. The Company operates through four segments: Core Online Travel Agencies (Core OTA), trivago, Egencia and HomeAway. The Company’s Core OTA segment provides a range of travel and advertising services to its customers across the world, through a range of brands, including Expedia.com and Hotels.com in the United States, and localized Expedia and Hotels.com Websites throughout the world, Orbitz.com, Expedia Affiliate Network, Hotwire.com, Travelocity, Wotif Group, CarRentals.com and Classic Vacations. The Company’s trivago segment sends referrals to online travel companies and travel service providers from its hotel metasearch Websites. Its Egencia segment, which also includes Orbitz Worldwide (Orbitz) for Business, provides managed travel services to corporate customers across the world. The Company’s HomeAway segment operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry.

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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