Leaf Group (NYSE: LFGR) is one of 46 publicly-traded companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Leaf Group to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.
This table compares Leaf Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Leaf Group Competitors||1.95%||37.06%||7.41%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
63.4% of Leaf Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 47.6% of Leaf Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.9% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Leaf Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Leaf Group||$113.45 million||-$2.01 million||-5.88|
|Leaf Group Competitors||$943.06 million||$113.10 million||603.30|
Leaf Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Leaf Group. Leaf 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.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Leaf Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Leaf Group Competitors||434||1665||2804||95||2.51|
Leaf Group presently has a consensus target price of $10.30, suggesting a potential upside of 10.16%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential downside of 4.86%. Given Leaf Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Leaf Group is more favorable than its peers.
Risk and Volatility
Leaf Group has a beta of 0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leaf Group’s peers have a beta of 1.11, suggesting that their average stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Leaf Group peers beat Leaf Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared.
Leaf Group Company Profile
Leaf Group Ltd., formerly Demand Media, Inc., is diversified Internet marketplaces and media company. The Company has online media properties and marketplace platforms that enable communities of creators to reach audiences in lifestyle categories. The Company operates an online studio platform for the professional creation and distribution of content, as well as two online artist marketplaces. Its business comprises two service offerings: Content & Media and Marketplaces. The Company creates media content, including text articles, videos, photographs and designed visual formats, and publishes such content to its owned and operated online properties and to its customers’ online properties. The Company also offers its content creation and distribution platform to provide custom content and other content marketing solutions to brands, publishers and advertisers.
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