Contrasting NIC (EGOV) and Liberty Tripadvisor (NASDAQ:LTRPA)

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

Volatility & Risk

Liberty Tripadvisor has a beta of 2.03, suggesting that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NIC has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liberty Tripadvisor and NIC’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Tripadvisor $1.53 billion 0.49 $21.00 million $0.10 101.00
NIC $317.92 million 3.64 $55.83 million $0.81 21.54

NIC has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Liberty Tripadvisor. NIC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Tripadvisor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

NIC pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Liberty Tripadvisor does not pay a dividend. NIC pays out 39.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Tripadvisor and NIC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Tripadvisor 0.44% 0.13% 0.10%
NIC 16.42% 36.89% 22.03%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.1% of Liberty Tripadvisor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of NIC shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Liberty Tripadvisor shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of NIC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Liberty Tripadvisor and NIC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Tripadvisor 0 1 0 0 2.00
NIC 1 4 1 0 2.00

NIC has a consensus price target of $19.33, suggesting a potential upside of 10.79%. Given NIC’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NIC is more favorable than Liberty Tripadvisor.

Summary

NIC beats Liberty Tripadvisor on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Tripadvisor

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 NIC

NIC Inc. is a provider of digital government services that help governments use technology to provide services to businesses and citizens. The Company operates through Outsourced Portals segment. The Company offers its services through two channels: primary outsourced portal businesses, and software and services businesses. In the primary outsourced portal businesses, the Company enters into contracts with state and local governments to design, build, and operate Internet-based, enterprise-wide portals on their behalf. Its software and services businesses include its subsidiaries that provide software development and payment processing services, other than outsourced portal services, to state and local governments, as well as federal agencies. The Company’s outsourced portal businesses include interactive government services (IGS), driver history records (DHR), Portal software development and services, and Portal management.

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