Critical Comparison: Trip.com Group (TCOM) vs. Its Rivals

Trip.com Group (NASDAQ: TCOM) is one of 136 publicly-traded companies in the “Business services, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Trip.com Group to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Trip.com Group has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trip.com Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.74, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.0% of Trip.com Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of shares of all “Business services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 23.0% of Trip.com Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of shares of all “Business services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Trip.com Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trip.com Group 11.15% 4.31% 2.10%
Trip.com Group Competitors 0.48% -3.92% 1.82%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Trip.com Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Trip.com Group $4.52 billion $162.00 million 40.96
Trip.com Group Competitors $2.78 billion $424.94 million 7.01

Trip.com Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Trip.com Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Trip.com Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trip.com Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Trip.com Group Competitors 1318 5320 9049 410 2.53

Trip.com Group presently has a consensus price target of $40.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.90%. As a group, “Business services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 2.75%. Given Trip.com Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Trip.com Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Trip.com Group beats its competitors on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

Trip.com Group Company Profile

Trip.com Group Limited operates as a travel service provider for accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. The company acts as an agent for hotel-related transactions and selling air tickets; and provides other related services, including sale of aviation and train insurance, air-ticket delivery services, online check-in, and other value-added services, such as online seat selection, express security check, and real-time flight status. It also provides independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products comprising group tours, semi-group tours, and customized and packaged tours with various transportation arrangements, such as flights, cruises, buses, and car rental services. In addition, the company offers integrated transportation and accommodation services; various value-added services, such as transportation at destinations and tickets, activities, insurance, visa services, and tour guides; and supplier management and customer relationship management services. Further, it provides its corporate clients with travel data collection and analysis, industry benchmark, cost saving analysis, and travel management solutions; and Corporate Travel Management System, an online platform that integrates information maintenance, online booking and authorization, online enquiry, and travel report system. Additionally, the company offers online advertising services. It operates primarily under the Ctrip, Qunar, Trip.com, and Skyscanner brand names. The company has strategic partnership agreements with Meliá Hotels International, S.A. to provide access to membership offers and benefits on 400 Meliá hotels on Ctrip's Website and mobile app; and TripAdvisor, Inc. The company was formerly known as Ctrip.com International, Ltd. and changed its name to Trip.com Group Limited in November 2019. Trip.com Group Limited was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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