Analyzing Lindblad Expeditions (LIND) and Travelport Worldwide (TVPT)

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

Profitability

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

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lindblad Expeditions and Travelport Worldwide’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lindblad Expeditions $266.50 million 2.22 -$8.66 million $0.09 143.67
Travelport Worldwide $2.45 billion 0.97 $142.46 million $0.94 19.95

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.1% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.3% of Travelport Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.6% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Travelport Worldwide shares are owned by company 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 Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Lindblad Expeditions does not pay a dividend. Travelport Worldwide pays out 31.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Lindblad Expeditions currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.19%. Travelport Worldwide has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.33%. Given Travelport Worldwide’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Travelport Worldwide is more favorable than Lindblad Expeditions.

Volatility & Risk

Lindblad Expeditions has a beta of -0.31, indicating that its share price is 131% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Travelport Worldwide has a beta of 0.26, indicating that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

Lindblad Expeditions Company Profile

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.

Travelport Worldwide Company Profile

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.

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