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Despegar.com Stock: Bullish On LATAM's Largest Travel Company

Jan. 04, 2022 2:49 AM ETDespegar.com, Corp. (DESP)3 Comments


  • Despegar.com, as the largest online travel agency in Latin America, is in the early stages of a post-pandemic recovery.
  • Better-than-expected operating trends during the last quarter set up a positive outlook for 2022.
  • We are bullish on the stock which has significant upside as it benefits from a return of travel in the region.
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Despegar.com (NYSE:DESP) is the leading online travel agency in Latin America operating across 20 countries. While this segment was particularly hard hit during the pandemic and continues to face disruptions, the industry has been defined by a strong rebound considering easing

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Comments (3)

What is the competive advantage of Despegar versus edreams booking Airbnb or vrob in latín América countries.?
In our apartment rental business in Colombia although we affiliated with Despegar we received almost all our clients from the other abovementioned platforms.
With more Internet literacy in latín América i foresee a struggle for Despegar to compete.
Dan Victor, CFA profile picture
@pachamama their level of market share varies by county.. Brazil and Mexico are key. but overall the scale is a competitive advantage.. loyalty program with +1 million users gives incentives for people to stay on the platform and hotels/rentals to keep listings.. that said, I'm bullish on the entire industry.. BKNG/ EXPE look good
RealAlphaMan profile picture
Thank you for analyzing DESP on SA. DESP is an excellent company that has been around long before the IPO that just can't seem to get a break between currency issues right after the IPO then Covid #1 shutdowns, now Covid #2 shutdowns.

The fact that they are still in business generating a ton of gross is a testament to their strength.

I agree that they can return to 16+ if Covid dies out, and over 20 when their earnings go +.
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