Analyzing Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Its Peers

Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Marathon Patent Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Patent Group -4,941.55% -1,139.06% -228.87%
Marathon Patent Group Competitors -280.98% -68.19% -14.48%

Volatility & Risk

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group’s peers have a beta of 0.63, indicating that their average share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Marathon Patent Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group Competitors 46 281 589 14 2.61

Marathon Patent Group presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 110.90%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.70%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.4% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.9% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Patent Group $36.63 million -$28.66 million -0.62
Marathon Patent Group Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 148.65

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

Summary

Marathon Patent Group peers beat Marathon Patent Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Marathon Patent Group

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) is engaged in acquiring patents and patent rights from owners or other ventures. The Company monetizes its portfolio of patents and patent rights by entering into license discussions. The Company owns around 378 United States and foreign patents, and patent rights across a range of technologies and markets. The Company owns around 22 patent applications across a range of technologies and markets.

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