National Express Group (OTCMKTS:NXPGF) and Booking (OTCMKTS:BKNG) Critical Survey

National Express Group (OTCMKTS:NXPGF) and Booking (NASDAQ:BKNG) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Express Group N/A N/A N/A
Booking 29.05% 67.17% 20.58%

Risk & Volatility

National Express Group has a beta of 0.26, indicating that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Booking has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for National Express Group and Booking, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Express Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Booking 0 15 11 1 2.48

Booking has a consensus target price of $2,113.48, suggesting a potential upside of 2.03%. Given Booking’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Booking is more favorable than National Express Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.4% of Booking shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Booking shares are owned 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares National Express Group and Booking’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Express Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Booking $14.53 billion 5.97 $4.00 billion $92.59 22.37

Booking has higher revenue and earnings than National Express Group.

Summary

Booking beats National Express Group on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About National Express Group

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.

About Booking

Booking Holdings Inc, formerly The Priceline Group Inc., is a provider of travel and restaurant online reservation and related services. The Company, through its online travel companies (OTCs), connects consumers wishing to make travel reservations with providers of travel services across the world. It offers consumers an array of accommodation reservations (including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, apartments, vacation rentals and other properties) through its Booking.com, priceline.com and agoda.com brands. Its other brands include KAYAK, Rentalcars.com and OpenTable, Inc. (OpenTable). As of December 31, 2016, Booking.com offered accommodation reservation services for over 1,115,000 properties in over 220 countries and territories on its various Websites and in over 40 languages, which included over 568,000 vacation rental properties (updated property counts were available on the Booking.com Website).

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