Table: Ready to Get Back in the Game?
STOCK (SYMBOL) PRICE* P-E RATIO** YEAR-TO-DATE 2002 2003 PERFORMANCE
UNITED ONLINE $13.09 62.3 22.2 212% (UNTD)
LENDINGTREE 13.05 36.5 17.0 118 (TREE)
EXPEDIA 54.49 32.1 24.7 48 (EXPE)
HOTELS.COM 45.05 28.9 20.5 -1 (ROOM)
OVERTURE 23.0 13.2 10.1 -35 SERVICES (OVER)
1-800- 7.27 55.9 17.3 -53 FLOWERS.COM (FLWS)
UNITED ONLINE Its $9.95 a month Internet service undercuts (UNTD) rivals AOL and MSN. Profits are pro forma, though they're rising fast.
LENDINGTREE Loan-comparison service trades around 23 (TREE) times next year's projected GAAP profits. Bulls think it's merger bait.
EXPEDIA Strongest player in e-travel. Stock is way (EXPE) down since majority owner USA Interactive made lowball takeover bid in June.
HOTELS.COM Fans say earnings can grow 50% a year. (ROOM) Like Expedia, it received a USA Interactive bid, and the stock price fell.
OVERTURE Pay-per-click search engine offers an SERVICES unusual form of Web advertising that is (OVER) rising in price.
1-800- It had a big run in 2001, but suffered this FLOWERS.COM year as venture capitalists cashed out. (FLWS) Good operating leverage.
* Aug. 19
** Based on estimated pro forma 2002 and 2003 earnings. 1-800-Flowers.com and United Online estimates are for calendar 2002 and 2003, not the companies' fiscal year, ended in June.
Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets, BusinessWeek, First Call