Investing in Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) a year ago would have delivered you a 49% gain

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 07, 2021
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Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 15% in the last quarter. While that might be a setback, it doesn't negate the nice returns received over the last twelve months. Looking at the full year, the company has easily bested an index fund by gaining 49%.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

See our latest analysis for Expedia Group

Given that Expedia Group didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

Expedia Group actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 36%. Despite the lack of revenue growth, the stock has returned a solid 49% the last twelve months. To us that means that there isn't a lot of correlation between the past revenue performance and the share price, but a closer look at analyst forecasts and the bottom line may well explain a lot.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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NasdaqGS:EXPE Earnings and Revenue Growth September 8th 2021

We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Expedia Group

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Expedia Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 49% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 7% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Expedia Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Expedia Group you should be aware of.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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