Contrasting Travelport (TVPT) and Lindblad Expeditions (LIND)

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Travelport (NYSE: TVPT) and Lindblad Expeditions (NASDAQ:LIND) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Travelport and Lindblad Expeditions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Travelport $2.45 billion 0.90 $142.46 million $0.94 18.68
Lindblad Expeditions $266.50 million 2.15 -$8.66 million $0.09 138.89

Travelport has higher revenue and earnings than Lindblad Expeditions. Travelport is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lindblad Expeditions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.7% of Travelport shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.3% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Travelport shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 51.6% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Travelport pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Lindblad Expeditions does not pay a dividend. Travelport pays out 31.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Travelport and Lindblad Expeditions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Travelport 5.87% -45.82% 3.13%
Lindblad Expeditions 0.54% 12.46% 3.32%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Travelport and Lindblad Expeditions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Travelport 1 3 3 0 2.29
Lindblad Expeditions 0 1 2 0 2.67

Travelport presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.20%. Lindblad Expeditions has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.00%. Given Travelport’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Travelport is more favorable than Lindblad Expeditions.

Risk & Volatility

Travelport has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lindblad Expeditions has a beta of -0.41, suggesting that its share price is 141% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Travelport beats Lindblad Expeditions on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Travelport

Travelport Worldwide Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates a travel commerce platform that offers distribution, technology, payment, and other solutions for the travel and tourism industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It facilitates travel commerce by connecting travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a business-to-business travel platform. The company provides distribution and merchandising solutions for hotel, car rental, rail, cruise-line, and tour operators; Virtual Account Number payment solutions that automatically generate unique MasterCard numbers that are used to process payments; advertising solutions; and other platform services, such as subscription, processing, and business intelligence data services, as well as marketing-oriented analytical tools to travel agencies, travel providers, and other travel data users. It also offers critical hosting solutions and other services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control, business intelligence and other solutions; and application development for air commerce, agency commerce, and hospitality. Travelport Worldwide Limited was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Langley, the United Kingdom.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. provides expedition cruising and adventure travel services. It offers itineraries that feature up-close encounters with wildlife, nature, history, and culture, as well as promote guest empowerment and interactivity. The company operates expeditions on intimately-scaled ships and interaction between guests, crew, and the teams of scientists, naturalists, researchers, and photographers that participate in the expeditions. It operates a fleet of seven owned expedition ships and five seasonal charter vessels under the Lindblad brand. The company has a strategic alliance with The National Geographic Society. Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

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