Head to Head Contrast: Yandex (YNDX) vs. Line (LN)

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Line (NASDAQ: YNDX) and Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Line and Yandex’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Line $1.60 billion 6.19 $71.89 million $0.30 138.30
Yandex $1.63 billion 6.50 $152.40 million $0.81 39.93

Yandex has higher revenue and earnings than Line. Yandex is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Line, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Line has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yandex has a beta of 2.58, meaning that its stock price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.1% of Line shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.2% of Yandex shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Line and Yandex, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Line 3 0 5 0 2.25
Yandex 0 1 4 0 2.80

Yandex has a consensus target price of $44.75, indicating a potential upside of 38.37%. Given Yandex’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Yandex is more favorable than Line.

Profitability

This table compares Line and Yandex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Line 0.36% 0.06% 0.04%
Yandex 36.22% 12.72% 9.38%

Summary

Yandex beats Line on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Line Company Profile

LINE Corporation provides a platform for mobile messaging and communication services, content distribution, and related services primarily in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. The company offers LINE, a cross-platform messenger application that enable users to communicate through free instant messaging, stickers, and voice and video calls, as well as serves as a smart portal to its other applications and services. It also provides communication and content sales, and advertising services through the LINE platform; and advertising services through LINE advertising, and livedoor and NAVER Matome Web portals. The company was formerly known as NHN Japan Corporation and changed its name to LINE Corporation in April 2013. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. LINE Corporation is a subsidiary of Naver Corporation.

Yandex Company Profile

Yandex N.V., an Internet and technology company, operates an Internet search engine in Russia and internationally. The company offers search, location-based, personalized, and mobile services that enable users to find information, and communicate and connect over the Internet from desktops and mobile devices. It provides geolocation services, such as Yandex.Maps, Yandex.Navigator, Yandex.Auto, and Yandex.Transport; Yandex.Mail that provides users access to their email accounts; Yandex.Disk, a cloud-based storage service; Yandex.News, an online news aggregation service; Yandex.Weather, a service that offers hyperlocal weather information; Yandex Browser for desktops and mobile platforms; and Yandex Search Apps. The company also provides Yandex.Direct, an auction-based advertising placement platform; Yandex Ad Network service; Yandex RTB, a programmatic advertising product; mobile advertising products; business directory; and Yandex.Market, an e-commerce gateway service. In addition, it offers Yandex.Taxi, a ride-sharing service; Auto.ru, a classified platform for used and new cars, commercial vehicles, and spare parts; Yandex.Realty, a real estate classifieds platform; Yandex.Jobs, a job search Website; and Yandex.Travel, a tour aggregator service. Further, it offers KinoPoisk, a Russian language Website for movies, TV series, celebrity content, and entertainment news; Yandex.Music, a music streaming service; Yandex.Afisha platform that allow users to buy tickets to cinemas, theaters, and concerts online; and Yandex.TV Program, a service providing users with an up to date schedule of broadcast, cable and digital TV channels, as well as an option to view certain TV channels online. Additionally, it offers Yandex Zen, a personal recommendation service; and Yandex Launcher that allows users to adapt their android phones to fit their style and fill it with content from all over the Internet. Yandex N.V. was incorporated in 2004 and is based in Schiphol, the Netherlands.

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