Trivago N.V. ADS (NASDAQ: TRVG) and CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Trivago N.V. ADS and CoStar Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trivago N.V. ADS 0 7 3 0 2.30
CoStar Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

Trivago N.V. ADS presently has a consensus price target of $20.60, suggesting a potential upside of 36.24%. CoStar Group has a consensus price target of $313.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.20%. Given Trivago N.V. ADS’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Trivago N.V. ADS is more favorable than CoStar Group.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Trivago N.V. ADS and CoStar Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trivago N.V. ADS $1.15 billion 4.60 $31.31 million N/A N/A
CoStar Group $894.73 million 10.23 $220.39 million $2.99 93.30

CoStar Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Trivago N.V. ADS.

Profitability

This table compares Trivago N.V. ADS and CoStar Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trivago N.V. ADS N/A N/A N/A
CoStar Group 10.85% 7.19% 5.49%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.6% of Trivago N.V. ADS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.7% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are held 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.

Summary

CoStar Group beats Trivago N.V. ADS on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Trivago N.V. ADS Company Profile

Trivago NV is a company based in the Netherlands that operates an online hotel search platform. The platform allows users to search for, compare and book hotels. It gathers information from various third parties’ platforms and provides information about the hotel, pictures, ratings, reviews and filters, such as price, location and extra options. The Company offers access to approximately 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries via more than 50 localized websites and applications in various languages. The Company also offers marketing tools and services to hotels and hotel chains, as well as to online travel agencies and advertisers, among others. Its principal executive offices are located in Germany.

CoStar Group Company Profile

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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