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2 Internet Stocks That Are Better Buys Than Google Right Now

2 Internet Stocks That Are Better Buys Than Google Right Now

Posted On November 11, 2022 2:54 pm
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As the Federal Reserve is fighting sky-high inflation with its aggressive rate hikes, the capital-intensive tech sector has witnessed a massive selloff due to investors’ concerns over their rising borrowing costs. This has led to the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite losing 34.8% year-to-date.

Multinational conglomerate Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) has registered weak momentum over the past months. The stock has lost 39.7% year-to-date and 41.4% over the past year to close the last trading session at $87.32.

Moreover, the company reported its third-quarter revenue of $69 billion, up 6% from last year but lower than analysts’ estimates of $70.90 billion. On top of it, as advertising spending tends to slow during economic downturns, GOOGL’s disappointing earnings show it is not immune to such challenges.

Additionally, like many tech and social media firms, GOOGL is struggling to compete with TikTok amid a broader economic downturn.

On the other hand, internet adoption has flourished in the recent past. With about 5 billion people using the internet, the global internet penetration rate stands at about 63% in 2022. The number of devices connected to the internet is expected to hit 500 billion by 2030.  

We think investors looking to capitalize on the internet industry’s growth prospects could consider buying internet stocks Expedia Group, Inc. (EXPE) and Yelp Inc. (YELP) instead of GOOGL.

Expedia Group, Inc. (EXPE)

EXPE is an online travel company operating through Retail; B2B; and trivago segments. The company’s brand portfolio includes Brand Expedia, Hotels.com, Vrbo, Hotwire, and CarRentals.com.

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On June 30, EXPE announced a collaboration with the loyalty program Bilt Rewards to launch the new Bilt Travel Portal. Christian Gerron, senior vice president of Media & Brand Partnerships, EXPE, said, “Our innovative solutions provide Bilt Rewards with technology they need to build a wonderful experience and offer an unparalleled amount of travel options to their members.”

EXPE’s forward non-GAAP PEG multiple of 0.69 is 43.6% below the industry average of 1.23. In terms of its forward non-GAAP EV/EBITDA, the stock is currently trading at 6.84x, 20.9% below the industry average of 8.65x.

EXPE’s revenues increased 22.2% year-over-year to $3.62 billion in the third quarter ended September 30. Its adjusted EBITDA grew 26.2% from the year-ago value to $1.08 billion. The company’s adjusted net income rose 15.7% year-over-year to $640 million, while its adjusted EPS grew 14.7% from its prior-year quarter to $4.05.

Analysts expect EXPE’s revenue for the current fiscal year ending December 2022 to come in at $11.74 billion, representing a 36.5% rise year-over-year. Similarly…

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