Head to Head Analysis: Blucora (BCOR) and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings (LTRPA)

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings (NASDAQ: LTRPA) and Blucora (NASDAQ:BCOR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.6% of Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.0% of Blucora shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of Blucora shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings and Blucora’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings 0.44% 0.13% 0.10%
Blucora -0.46% 11.94% 5.80%

Volatility and Risk

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings has a beta of 2.14, suggesting that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blucora has a beta of -0.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings and Blucora’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings $1.53 billion 0.42 $21.00 million $0.10 86.25
Blucora $455.91 million 2.03 -$65.15 million ($0.09) -222.75

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings and Blucora, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00
Blucora 0 1 3 0 2.75

Blucora has a consensus target price of $25.33, suggesting a potential upside of 26.35%. Given Blucora’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Blucora is more favorable than Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

About Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. Through its interests in subsidiaries and other companies, the Company is primarily engaged in the online travel research and online commerce industries. The Company’s subsidiaries include TripAdvisor, Inc. (TripAdvisor), which owns and operates a portfolio of online travel brands, and BuySeasons, Inc., which owns and operates BuyCostumes.com and the Celebrate Express (BuySeasons) family of Websites. TripAdvisor is a travel site focusing on helping people around the world to plan and book a trip. TripAdvisor manages its business in two segments: Hotel, including click-based advertising, display-based advertising and subscription-based advertising, and Non-Hotel, including its attractions, restaurants and vacation rental businesses. BuySeasons is an online retailer and supplier of costumes, accessories, seasonal decor and party supplies.

About Blucora

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.

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