Analyzing Leaf Group (LFGR) & CoStar Group (CSGP)

CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) and Leaf Group (NASDAQ:LFGR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for CoStar Group and Leaf Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 5 0 3.00
Leaf Group 0 1 4 0 2.80

CoStar Group currently has a consensus price target of $313.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.23%. Leaf Group has a consensus price target of $10.30, suggesting a potential upside of 44.06%. Given Leaf Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Leaf Group is more favorable than CoStar Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.8% of CoStar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares 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.

Profitability

This table compares CoStar Group and Leaf Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CoStar Group 10.85% 7.19% 5.49%
Leaf Group -31.38% -52.73% -41.29%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CoStar Group and Leaf Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $894.73 million 9.96 $220.39 million $2.99 90.85
Leaf Group $117.85 million 1.24 -$21.14 million N/A N/A

CoStar Group has higher revenue and earnings than Leaf Group.

Summary

CoStar Group beats Leaf Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CoStar Group Company Profile

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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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