Critical Contrast: Match Group (MTCH) vs. Its Competitors

Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) is one of 44 public companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Match Group to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings for Match Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Match Group 0 8 9 0 2.53
Match Group Competitors 509 1909 4641 230 2.63

Match Group presently has a consensus target price of $38.71, indicating a potential downside of 17.12%. As a group, “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies have a potential upside of 6.37%. Given Match Group’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Match Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.1% of Match Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.2% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.1% of Match Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Match Group has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Match Group’s peers have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Match Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Match Group 26.31% 31.33% 8.05%
Match Group Competitors -16.11% -45.92% -1.15%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Match Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Match Group $1.33 billion $350.14 million 89.83
Match Group Competitors $6.96 billion $964.57 million 40.63

Match Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Match Group. Match Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Match Group peers beat Match Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Match Group

Match Group, Inc. provides dating products. It operates a portfolio of brands, including Tinder, Match, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, OkCupid, OurTime, and Pairs. Match Group, Inc. offers its dating products through its Websites and applications in 42 languages approximately in 190 countries. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Match Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp.

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