Financial Comparison: Tripadvisor (TRIP) and Its Peers

Tripadvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP) is one of 11 public companies in the “Travel Agents” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Tripadvisor to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.8% of Tripadvisor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Tripadvisor shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.5% of shares of all “Travel Agents” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Tripadvisor has a beta of 2.32, meaning that its share price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tripadvisor’s peers have a beta of 1.19, meaning that their average share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Tripadvisor and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tripadvisor 6 17 0 0 1.74
Tripadvisor Competitors 88 649 966 43 2.55

Tripadvisor currently has a consensus target price of $39.71, indicating a potential upside of 14.23%. As a group, “Travel Agents” companies have a potential upside of 18.71%. Given Tripadvisor’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tripadvisor has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tripadvisor and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Tripadvisor $1.48 billion $120.00 million 73.96
Tripadvisor Competitors $3.16 billion $214.58 million 10.16

Tripadvisor’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Tripadvisor and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tripadvisor 4.26% 6.81% 4.13%
Tripadvisor Competitors -18.70% -60.07% -9.98%


Tripadvisor peers beat Tripadvisor on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Tripadvisor

TripAdvisor, Inc. owns and operates a portfolio of online travel brands. TripAdvisor, the Company’s brand, is a travel site. The Company operates through two segments: Hotel and Non-Hotel. The Company’s Hotel segment includes click-based advertising and transaction; display-based and subscription-based advertising, and other hotel operations. The Non-Hotel segment includes Attractions, Restaurants and Vacation Rentals businesses. The Company’s platform also enables users to compare real-time pricing and availability for these experiences, as well as to book hotels, flights, cruises, vacation rentals, tours, activities and attractions, and restaurants, on either a TripAdvisor site or application, or a travel partner site or application. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s TripAdvisor-branded Websites included in the United States and localized versions of the TripAdvisor Website in 48 markets and 28 languages around the world.

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