Head to Head Survey: Kayak Software (KYAK) and Its Peers

Kayak Software (NASDAQ: KYAK) is one of 111 public companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Kayak Software to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Kayak Software and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kayak Software 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kayak Software Competitors 337 2226 4634 94 2.62

As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 12.14%. Given Kayak Software’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kayak Software has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider 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, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Kayak Software and its peers’ 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 -30.74% -24.60% -6.81%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kayak Software and its peers 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 $402.78 million 493.92

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


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

Kayak Software Company Profile

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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