Contrasting Blucora (BCOR) & Trivago (TRVG)

Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) and Trivago (NASDAQ:TRVG) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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This table compares Blucora and Trivago’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blucora 5.31% 11.22% 5.83%
Trivago -1.30% -1.57% -1.25%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Blucora and Trivago, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blucora 0 0 4 0 3.00
Trivago 2 7 2 0 2.00

Blucora currently has a consensus target price of $25.31, indicating a potential upside of 3.30%. Trivago has a consensus target price of $12.90, indicating a potential upside of 77.20%. Given Trivago’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Trivago is more favorable than Blucora.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.0% of Blucora shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.3% of Trivago shares are held by institutional investors. 14.1% of Blucora shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Blucora has a beta of -0.1, suggesting that its stock price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trivago has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blucora and Trivago’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blucora $509.56 million 2.25 $27.03 million $0.58 42.24
Trivago $1.17 billion 2.18 -$14.10 million ($0.05) -145.57

Blucora has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Trivago. Trivago is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blucora, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Blucora beats Trivago on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blucora Company Profile

Blucora, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. The Company operates through the Wealth Management and Tax Preparation segments. The Company’s Wealth Management segment consists of HD Vest, which provides financial advisors with an integrated platform of brokerage, investment advisory and insurance services to assist in making each financial advisor a financial service center for his/her clients The Company’s Tax Preparation segment provides digital do-it-yourself (DDIY) tax preparation solutions for consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. TaxAct, a provider of digital tax preparation solutions. HD Vest’s specialized model provides an open-architecture investment platform and technology tools to help financial advisors identify investment opportunities for their clients. TaxAct offers pricing and packaging options for tax professionals.

Trivago Company Profile

Trivago NV is a company based in the Netherlands that operates an online hotel search platform. The platform allows users to search for, compare and book hotels. It gathers information from various third parties’ platforms and provides information about the hotel, pictures, ratings, reviews and filters, such as price, location and extra options. The Company offers access to approximately 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries via more than 50 localized websites and applications in various languages. The Company also offers marketing tools and services to hotels and hotel chains, as well as to online travel agencies and advertisers, among others. Its principal executive offices are located in Germany.

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