Financial Contrast: Kayak Software (KYAK) vs. Its Rivals

Kayak Software (NASDAQ: KYAK) is one of 113 public companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Kayak Software to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kayak Software and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kayak Software 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kayak Software Competitors 335 2207 4610 92 2.62

As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 9.40%. Given Kayak Software’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kayak Software has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares Kayak Software and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kayak Software 2.58% 2.19% 1.98%
Kayak Software Competitors -45.85% -24.64% -7.33%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.8% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.6% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kayak Software and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kayak Software N/A N/A 93.19
Kayak Software Competitors $2.20 billion $401.02 million 421.49

Kayak Software’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Kayak Software. Kayak Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Kayak Software peers beat Kayak Software on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

About Kayak Software

Centralizing online travel deals is smooth sailing for Kayak Software. Through its websites (,, and in about 15 countries, the company displays rates on airfare, hotels, rental cars, and cruises from more than 500 other travel websites. Kayak Software offers fare information from Continental Airlines and American Airlines, as well as prices from Funjet Vacations, Marriott International, and InterContinental Hotel Group, among others. In addition to booking, the firm’s websites and mobile applications provide destination information, travel tips, member discounts, and hotel descriptions. Founded in 2004, Kayak Software filed to go public in late 2010.

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