Liquidity Services (LQDT) & Ctrip.Com International (NASDAQ:CTRP) Financial Survey

Ctrip.Com International (NASDAQ:CTRP) and Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Ctrip.Com International and Liquidity Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ctrip.Com International 18.11% 4.74% 2.46%
Liquidity Services -11.33% -16.30% -10.34%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.6% of Ctrip.Com International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% of Liquidity Services shares are held by institutional investors. 23.0% of Ctrip.Com International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of Liquidity Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ctrip.Com International and Liquidity Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ctrip.Com International $4.15 billion 4.61 $329.22 million $0.59 59.95
Liquidity Services $270.02 million 0.62 -$39.18 million ($0.98) -5.30

Ctrip.Com International has higher revenue and earnings than Liquidity Services. Liquidity Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ctrip.Com International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ctrip.Com International and Liquidity Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ctrip.Com International 0 5 8 0 2.62
Liquidity Services 0 0 1 0 3.00

Ctrip.Com International currently has a consensus target price of $49.08, suggesting a potential upside of 38.77%. Liquidity Services has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 92.68%. Given Liquidity Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Liquidity Services is more favorable than Ctrip.Com International.

Volatility & Risk

Ctrip.Com International has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liquidity Services has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ctrip.Com International beats Liquidity Services on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ctrip.Com International

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. operates as a travel service provider for accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. The company acts as an agent for hotel-related transactions and selling air tickets; and provides other related services, including sale of aviation and train insurance, air-ticket delivery services, online check-in, and other value-added services, such as online seat selection and real-time flight status. It also provides independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products comprising group tours, semi-group tours, and customized tours and packaged tours with various transportation arrangements, such as flights, cruises, buses, and car rental services. In addition, the company offers integrated transportation and accommodation services; various value-added services, such as transportation at destinations and tickets, insurance, visa services, and tour guides; and supplier management and customer relationship management services. Further, it provides its corporate clients with travel data collection and analysis, industry benchmark, cost saving analysis, and travel management solutions; and Corporate Travel Management System, an online platform that integrates information maintenance, online booking and authorization, online enquiry, and travel report system. Additionally, the company offers online advertising services. It operates a travel concept store in Dubai International Airport. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

About Liquidity Services

Liquidity Services, Inc. provides e-commerce marketplace solutions to manage, value, and sell inventory and equipment for business and government clients in the United States. The company's marketplaces include liquidation.com that enable corporations to sell surplus and salvage consumer goods and capital assets; govliquidation.com, which enables federal government agencies and commercial businesses to sell surplus and scrap assets; govdeals.com that enables local and state government entities, school boards, and public utilities to sell surplus and salvage assets; auctiondeals.com self-service solution which enable sellers list their assets to commercial businesses to sell surplus and salvage assets. It also operates networkintl.com, which enables corporations to sell idle, surplus, and scrap equipment in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and power generation industries; go-dove.com for corporations in the United States, Europe, and Asia to sell manufacturing surplus and salvage capital assets; irondirect.com that enables buyers to purchase equipment, attachments, parts, and services from manufacturers of construction equipment; and secondipity.com that provides consumers a source of products through donating a portion of the proceeds of sale to charity. The company's marketplaces provide professional buyers access to supply of new, surplus, and scrap assets presented with digital images and other relevant product information; and enable corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on assets offered for sale by providing a liquid marketplace and value-added services. It offers approximately 500 product categories in industry verticals, such as consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, aerospace parts and equipment, technology hardware, energy equipment, industrial capital assets, fleet and transportation equipment, and specialty equipment. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

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