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The biggest issue with Ctrip’s stock is that, Inc. now owns the largest online travel site in Baidu expects to double revenue to $160 million this year with a rising using of mobile apps.

According to the Bloomberg article, only 15% of Chinese travel is currently booked online favoring strong growth for and questioning whether Ctrip can hit targets with a large focus on call-centers. While the Chinese market will see significant growth, Ctrip needs to show how it can compete with technology leaders such as Baidu. The one encouraging sign is that Baidu targets a profit margin of 40% due to the reduced staffing costs from the use of technology, but the technology is cutting into the commissions of the call-center bookings.

Stock chart

Amazingly over the last year, International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) has actually held up well compared to Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). When reviewing the results over the last two years, it clearly separates the winner. Both Chinese companies are down over 35% during that period. Whether this is a Chinese issue only or somehow related to the competition in the travel sector isn’t clear. See the chart below:

CTRP Total Return Price data by YCharts

Bottom line

The company has a substantial cash balance of $899 million and a solidly profitable business though facing declining margins. With an enterprise value of around $2.1 billion, Ctrip is much cheaper than apparent from a casual review of valuations. Combined with the use of non-GAAP earnings, the enterprise value provides an attractive valuation if the company can embrace the online model.

Competing with, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) might be impossible now that it has the lead in the online travel sector and Ctrip has apparently lost its edge. Considering that Baidu is also a cheap stock, investors should invest in the online leader until International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) can show the ability to compete in this medium as well.

The article Will Ctrip’s Stock Ever Fly Again? originally appeared on and is written by Mark Holder.

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