Despegar.com (NYSE:DESP) and National Express Group (OTCMKTS:NXPGF) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Despegar.com has a beta of -0.35, meaning that its stock price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Express Group has a beta of 0.21, meaning that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Despegar.com and National Express Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Despegar.com 5.25% 11.28% 3.78%
National Express Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.6% of Despegar.com shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Despegar.com and National Express Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Despegar.com 1 2 3 0 2.33
National Express Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Despegar.com currently has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 98.16%. Given Despegar.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Despegar.com is more favorable than National Express Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Despegar.com and National Express Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Despegar.com $523.94 million 1.87 $42.36 million $0.69 20.48
National Express Group $2.85 billion 0.89 N/A N/A N/A

Despegar.com has higher earnings, but lower revenue than National Express Group.

Summary

Despegar.com beats National Express Group on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Despegar.com Company Profile

Despegar.com, Corp., an online travel company, provides a range of travel and travel-related products through its Websites and mobile applications in Latin America. It operates through two segments, Air; and Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products. The company offers airline tickets, packages, hotels, and other travel-related products under the Despegar and Decolar brands, which enable consumers to find, compare, plan, and purchase travel products through its marketplace. It provides a technology platform for its travel suppliers to manage and distribute their products. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

National Express Group Company Profile

National Express Group PLC provides public transport services in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America, and the Middle East. The company operates through UK, German Rail, ALSA, and North America segments. It owns and leases buses, coaches, and trains to deliver local, regional, national, and international transportation services. The company also operates urban bus and transit operations; scheduled coach services linking approximately 900 destinations across the United Kingdom; and offers private hire and commuter coach travel services in London and the south of England. In addition, the company operates service areas and other transport-related businesses, such as fuel distribution; and offers student transportation services. National Express Group PLC was incorporated in 1991 and is based in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

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