Contrasting ExlService (EXLS) and Booking (BKNG)

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ExlService (NASDAQ:EXLS) and Booking (NASDAQ:BKNG) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ExlService $762.31 million 2.69 $48.88 million $2.52 23.73
Booking $12.68 billion 6.76 $2.34 billion $77.03 23.46

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

Profitability

This table compares ExlService and Booking’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ExlService 6.11% 14.25% 10.67%
Booking 20.07% 24.74% 11.02%

Risk and Volatility

ExlService has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Booking has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.4% of ExlService shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.8% of Booking shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of ExlService shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Booking shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for ExlService and Booking, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ExlService 0 2 7 0 2.78
Booking 0 11 14 0 2.56

ExlService currently has a consensus price target of $64.57, indicating a potential upside of 7.98%. Booking has a consensus price target of $2,159.24, indicating a potential upside of 19.48%. Given Booking’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Booking is more favorable than ExlService.

Summary

Booking beats ExlService on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ExlService Company Profile

ExlService Holdings, Inc. provides operations management and analytics services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company offers business process management (BPM) services to the insurance industry in the areas of claims processing, subrogation, premium and benefit administration, agency management, account reconciliation, policy research, underwriting support, new business processing, policy servicing, premium audit, surveys, billing and collection, commercial and residential survey, and customer services. It also provides BPM services related to the care management and population health, multi-chronic case management, dual eligible special needs plans, payment integrity, revenue optimization, and customer engagement for the healthcare industry; BPM services related to business processes in corporate and leisure travel, such as reservations, customer service, fulfillment, and finance and accounting; and finance and accounting BPM services, including procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, hire-to-retire, record-to-report, regulatory reporting, financial planning and analysis, audit and assurance, and treasury and tax processes. In addition, the company offers BPM services for banking and financial services industry comprising residential mortgage lending, retail banking and credit cards, commercial banking, and investment management; BPM services related to enhancing operating models, improving customer experience, reducing costs, shortening turnaround time, and simplifying compliance for clients; and industry-specific digital transformational services. Further, it provides predictive and prescriptive analytics in the areas of customer acquisition and lifecycle management, risk underwriting and pricing, operational effectiveness, credit and operational risk monitoring and governance, regulatory reporting, and data management. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Booking Company Profile

Booking Holdings Inc, formerly The Priceline Group Inc., is a provider of travel and restaurant online reservation and related services. The Company, through its online travel companies (OTCs), connects consumers wishing to make travel reservations with providers of travel services across the world. It offers consumers an array of accommodation reservations (including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, apartments, vacation rentals and other properties) through its Booking.com, priceline.com and agoda.com brands. Its other brands include KAYAK, Rentalcars.com and OpenTable, Inc. (OpenTable). As of December 31, 2016, Booking.com offered accommodation reservation services for over 1,115,000 properties in over 220 countries and territories on its various Websites and in over 40 languages, which included over 568,000 vacation rental properties (updated property counts were available on the Booking.com Website).

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