Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) and Izea (OTCMKTS:IZEA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Match Group and Izea, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Match Group 0 2 13 0 2.87
Izea 0 0 1 0 3.00

Match Group currently has a consensus price target of $20.64, indicating a potential upside of 17.72%. Given Match Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Match Group is more favorable than Izea.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.9% of Match Group shares are held by institutional investors. 19.9% of Match Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Match Group and Izea’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Match Group 14.91% 39.71% 8.93%
Izea -43.84% -132.99% -66.42%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Match Group and Izea’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Match Group $1.26 billion 3.59 $368.18 million $0.68 25.78
Izea N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Match Group has higher revenue and earnings than Izea.

Summary

Match Group beats Izea on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Match Group

Match Group, Inc., incorporated on February 13, 2009, is a provider of dating products. The Company operates in the Dating segment. The Dating segment consists of all of its dating businesses across the globe. As of March 31, 2017, the Company operated a portfolio of over 45 brands, including Match, Tinder, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, OkCupid, Pairs, Twoo, OurTime, BlackPeopleMeet and LoveScout24, each designed to manage its users’ likelihood of finding a romantic connection. As of March 31, 2017, the Company offered its dating products in 42 languages across more than 190 countries.

About Izea

IZEA, Inc. (IZEA) operates online marketplaces that facilitate transactions between brands and influential content creators. These creators produce and distribute text, videos and photos on behalf of brands through Websites, blogs and social media channels. Its technology enables transactions to be completed at scale through the management of content workflow, creator search and targeting, bidding, analytics and payment processing. Brands and Publishers engage IZEA in order to gain access to its technology and network of creators. These companies use its technology for various purposes, such as the engagement of online influencers for sponsored social campaigns, or the creation of standalone content for distribution through their owned channels. The Company provides services to customers in multiple industry segments, including consumer products, retail/eTail, technology and travel. Its platforms include IZEA.com and The IZEA Exchange (IZEAx), and Ebyline.

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