Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A (NASDAQ:LTRPA) and Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A and Castlight Health, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A 0 2 0 0 2.00
Castlight Health 0 1 2 0 2.67

Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A currently has a consensus target price of $12.16, suggesting a potential upside of 24.21%. Castlight Health has a consensus target price of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 224.68%. Given Castlight Health’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Castlight Health is more favorable than Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A and Castlight Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A 0.44% 0.19% 0.13%
Castlight Health -19.68% -9.28% -6.87%

Volatility & Risk

Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Castlight Health has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A and Castlight Health’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A $1.62 billion 0.46 -$64.00 million N/A N/A
Castlight Health $156.40 million 1.43 -$39.71 million ($0.16) -9.63

Castlight Health has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.2% of Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of Castlight Health shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.4% of Castlight Health shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A beats Castlight Health on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc Series A

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in online travel research and online commerce businesses. Its travel platform provides consumer-generated content, price comparison tools, and online reservation and related services for destinations, accommodations, travel activities and experiences, and restaurants. The company owns and operates portfolio of online travel brands, which offers travel-planning and trip-taking resources in the travel industry; and provides click-based, display-based, and subscription-based advertising services. It also operates Viator, a Website that offers research, book, and experience activities and attractions in travel destinations; and TheFork, an online restaurant booking platform operating various sites. Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

About Castlight Health

Castlight Health, Inc. provides a software-as-a-service platform used for health benefits navigation for employees in the United States. Its platform matches employees to the resources their employers make available to them; managing a condition; and assists them to manage their benefits. The company also offers implementation, user and customer support, and marketplace services. It serves customers in a range of industries, including education, manufacturing, retail, technology, and government. The company was formerly known as Ventana Health Services and changed its name to Castlight Health, Inc. in April 2010. Castlight Health, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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