Financial Contrast: NerdWallet (NASDAQ:NRDS) and trivago (NASDAQ:TRVG)

NerdWallet (NASDAQ:NRDSGet Rating) and trivago (NASDAQ:TRVGGet Rating) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for NerdWallet and trivago, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NerdWallet 0 1 7 0 2.88
trivago 0 5 0 0 2.00

NerdWallet currently has a consensus target price of $22.79, suggesting a potential upside of 141.37%. trivago has a consensus target price of $2.45, suggesting a potential upside of 48.48%. Given NerdWallet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe NerdWallet is more favorable than trivago.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NerdWallet and trivago’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NerdWallet $379.60 million 1.67 -$42.50 million N/A N/A
trivago $427.68 million 1.38 $12.66 million $0.03 55.02

trivago has higher revenue and earnings than NerdWallet.

Profitability

This table compares NerdWallet and trivago’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NerdWallet N/A N/A N/A
trivago 1.72% 3.42% 2.80%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

49.0% of NerdWallet shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of trivago shares are held by institutional investors. 49.6% of NerdWallet shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

NerdWallet beats trivago on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NerdWallet

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NerdWallet, Inc. operates a digital platform that provides consumer-driven advice about personal finance by connecting individuals and small and mid-sized businesses with financial products providers. The company's platform offers guidance to consumers through educational content, tools and calculators, and product marketplaces, as well as NerdWallet app for various financial products, including credit cards, mortgages, insurance, SMB products, personal loans, banking, investing, and student loans. It serves customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco, California.

About trivago

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trivago N.V., together with its subsidiaries, operates a hotel and accommodation search platform in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It offers an online meta-search for hotels and accommodation through online travel agencies, hotel chains, and independent hotels. The company provides access to its platform through 53 localized websites and apps in 31 languages. As of December 31, 2021, its hotel search platform offered access to approximately 5.0 million hotels and other types of accommodation worldwide. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. trivago N.V. is a subsidiary of Expedia Lodging Partner Services Sarl.

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