CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings (NASDAQ:LTRPA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.7% of CoStar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.0% of Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings shares 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 CoStar Group and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CoStar Group 10.85% 7.19% 5.49%
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings 1.20% 0.45% 0.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for CoStar Group and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 5 0 3.00
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00

CoStar Group currently has a consensus price target of $313.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.20%. Given CoStar Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

Volatility and Risk

CoStar Group has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings has a beta of 2.27, indicating that its stock price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CoStar Group and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $894.73 million 10.23 $220.39 million $2.99 93.30
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings $1.58 billion 0.54 $238.00 million $0.39 30.13

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than CoStar Group. Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CoStar Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

CoStar Group beats Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings Company Profile

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. Through its interests in subsidiaries and other companies, the Company is primarily engaged in the online travel research and online commerce industries. The Company’s subsidiaries include TripAdvisor, Inc. (TripAdvisor), which owns and operates a portfolio of online travel brands, and BuySeasons, Inc., which owns and operates BuyCostumes.com and the Celebrate Express (BuySeasons) family of Websites. TripAdvisor is a travel site focusing on helping people around the world to plan and book a trip. TripAdvisor manages its business in two segments: Hotel, including click-based advertising, display-based advertising and subscription-based advertising, and Non-Hotel, including its attractions, restaurants and vacation rental businesses. BuySeasons is an online retailer and supplier of costumes, accessories, seasonal decor and party supplies.

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