Head to Head Review: Despegar Com (NYSE:DESP) versus Its Rivals

Despegar Com (NYSE: DESP) is one of 11 publicly-traded companies in the “Travel Agents” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Despegar Com to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Despegar Com and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Despegar Com $411.16 million $17.79 million N/A
Despegar Com Competitors $3.16 billion $214.58 million 11.67

Despegar Com’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Despegar Com.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Despegar Com and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Despegar Com 0 2 3 0 2.60
Despegar Com Competitors 106 660 979 44 2.54

Despegar Com currently has a consensus target price of $35.80, suggesting a potential upside of 22.14%. As a group, “Travel Agents” companies have a potential upside of 6.53%. Given Despegar Com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Despegar Com is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.6% of Despegar Com shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.5% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Despegar Com and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Despegar Com N/A N/A N/A
Despegar Com Competitors -18.70% -60.07% -9.98%


Despegar Com beats its rivals on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

Despegar Com Company Profile

Despegar.com Corp is an Argentina-based travel agency. The Company’s activities are divided into two business segments: Air, as well as Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products. The Air division focuses on the sale of airline tickets. The Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products division includes sales of travel packages with or without airline tickets and hotel rooms, as well as stand-alone sales of hotel rooms, including vacation rentals, car rentals, bus tickets, cruise tickets, travel insurance and destination services. Its destinations include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates through a number of subsidiaries in Latin America and the United States.

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