YY (NASDAQ: YY) and Liberty Tripadvisor (NASDAQ:LTRPA) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YY $1.18 billion 6.87 $219.49 million $6.23 20.68
Liberty Tripadvisor $1.53 billion 0.53 $21.00 million $0.10 108.00

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

Risk & Volatility

YY has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Tripadvisor has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YY 22.23% 34.26% 22.11%
Liberty Tripadvisor 0.44% 0.13% 0.10%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for YY and Liberty Tripadvisor, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YY 1 1 11 0 2.77
Liberty Tripadvisor 0 0 0 0 N/A

YY presently has a consensus price target of $95.82, indicating a potential downside of 25.64%. Given YY’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe YY is more favorable than Liberty Tripadvisor.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.0% of YY shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of Liberty Tripadvisor shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Liberty Tripadvisor shares are held by 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.

Summary

YY beats Liberty Tripadvisor on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

YY Company Profile

YY Inc. (YY) is a social platform that engages users in real-time online group activities through voice, video and text on personal computers and mobile devices. The Company’s segments include YY IVAS and others, Huya broadcasting, and 100 Education. YY enables users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a range of online activities, including music shows, online games, dating shows, live game broadcasting and e-learning. YY offers users an entertainment experience through its social community. It owns the domain names of YY.com, Duowan.com, 100.com, Huya.com, Edu24ol.com and Zhiniu8.com. The Company’s YY platform, including YY.com, is jointly operated by personnel from Guangzhou Huaduo and Zhuhai Duowan. Its product, YY Client, enables users to engage in live interactions online. Its Web-based YY enables users to conduct real-time interactions through Web browsers without requiring any downloads or installations.

Liberty Tripadvisor Company Profile

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.

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