Contrasting Lindblad Expeditions (LIND) & National Express Group (NXPGF)

Lindblad Expeditions (NASDAQ:LIND) and National Express Group (OTCMKTS:NXPGF) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Lindblad Expeditions has a beta of -0.12, suggesting that its share price is 112% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Express Group has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lindblad Expeditions and National Express Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lindblad Expeditions 0 1 2 0 2.67
National Express Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Lindblad Expeditions currently has a consensus price target of $12.67, indicating a potential downside of 6.10%. Given Lindblad Expeditions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lindblad Expeditions is more favorable than National Express Group.

Profitability

This table compares Lindblad Expeditions and National Express Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lindblad Expeditions 1.40% 14.76% 3.85%
National Express Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.5% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are held by institutional investors. 51.6% of Lindblad Expeditions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lindblad Expeditions and National Express Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lindblad Expeditions $266.50 million 2.32 -$8.66 million $0.09 149.89
National Express Group $2.85 billion 0.94 N/A N/A N/A

National Express Group has higher revenue and earnings than Lindblad Expeditions.

Summary

Lindblad Expeditions beats National Express Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lindblad Expeditions Company Profile

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. provides expedition cruising and adventure travel services. It offers itineraries that feature up-close encounters with wildlife, nature, history, and culture, as well as promote guest empowerment and interactivity. The company operates expeditions on intimately-scaled ships and interaction between guests, crew, and the teams of scientists, naturalists, researchers, and photographers that participate in the expeditions. It operates a fleet of seven owned expedition ships and five seasonal charter vessels under the Lindblad brand. The company has a strategic alliance with The National Geographic Society. Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

National Express Group Company Profile

National Express Group PLC provides public transport services in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America, and the Middle East. The company operates through UK, German Rail, ALSA, and North America segments. It owns and leases buses, coaches, and trains to deliver local, regional, national, and international transportation services. The company also operates urban bus and transit operations; scheduled coach services linking approximately 900 destinations across the United Kingdom; and offers private hire and commuter coach travel services in London and the south of England. In addition, the company operates service areas and other transport-related businesses, such as fuel distribution; and offers student transportation services. National Express Group PLC was incorporated in 1991 and is based in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

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