Nothing is more rewarding than good, cheap-to-execute ideas. There are not many of them, but when they appear, someone will surely make a profit. Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS), Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN), and OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) have made successful businesses out of good ideas that didn’t need hefty initial capital investments. Let’s take a look at how these Internet-based firms accomplished their success and what their future prospects look like now.
My pet’s pharmacist is online
Last week a drone delivered its first pizza. The event got little press, but has left an important mark on the delivery business. PetMed has not gone as far, or at least not yet. Nevertheless, by breaking the monopoly held by veterinarians, the firm set a trend in the pet medicine business. So far it has dominated market competition while maintaining solid finances. Prospects are so good for the company that researchers are dismissive of negative analysis.
Although total revenues fell in 2013 year-over-year, this decline was the result of two external and temporal factors (unavailable Novartis brand and abnormal seasonal temperatures). If Novartis does not resume production, Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS) will only be saved by veterinarians changing preferred brands. Such a way out of this dilemma is possible, and is already on the works with ever more medicines losing its patents. Given the firm’s early entry at a low price and successful growth story, no significant competition is expected soon. Moreover, the company’s last earnings report has proven its increasing value.
PetMed’s expected growth rates are mainly based on three factors: the real-state market recovery, the pet medicine industry (pushed by generic brands), and the expansion of electronic commerce. Now that the planets have aligned, the company needs to market the event. To do this, management will need to start spending some real bucks since elections in the U.S. have resulted in a strong upsurge on prime-time advertising price. The alternative to hefty marketing investments is letting the customer makes its own move, given that there is no serious market competition. Whatever decision management takes with marketing, the firm will continue to profit thanks to the four catalysts mentioned above.
Yes, PetMed will be around for a while and has proven itself to possess sound management that is preoccupied with making a profit for themselves and the company’s shareholders. The company has never been in a better shape than now, and it is trading cheap carrying mid-to-high teens earnings year-to-year. For the aforementioned reasons, you should buy this stock as the company´s short and long-term prospects look promising.
Booking with Captain Kirk
Sometimes one wonders how partnerships are built. How did Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) convince James Kirk to become “The Negotiator?” Only they know. Regardless, the company has found and sustained great success. Its achievements have allowed it to repurchase shares, keep reasonable debt levels, and find various roads to growth. That is an enjoyable combination.
Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) is no stranger to innovation. It has offered customers great bargains for some time now, and its finances have remained balanced even with growing competition. A great deal of its success amid its competition is the direct result of managerial decisions. Domestic and foreign acquisitions and expansion have given the company an important edge over lagging competitors which mostly focus on the domestic arena.
Europe was Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN)’s first venture abroad and provided positive results. As Internet penetration deepened, disposable income increased, and online flight booking became popular in Asia and Latin America, the firm was able to expand into new markets and stay one step ahead of the competition. This advantage has been reflected in increasing revenues, cash flow, and free cash.
Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) is a great buy, but its price is high. If you have the bucks to invest, go ahead. This is a company with happy management and shareholders, and it has plenty of remaining potential for expansion and profit.
Making reservations at Dorsia possible
Not having a reservation at a local restaurant for your long-awaited date will subtract brownie points. With OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) becoming widely available, making reservations should not be an issue any longer. Investing in the company, however, is a different and more complicated issue to address.