J2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM) and OpenTable (NASDAQ:OPEN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

J2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. OpenTable does not pay a dividend. J2 Global pays out 49.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for J2 Global and OpenTable, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J2 Global 0 1 3 0 2.75
OpenTable 0 0 0 0 N/A

J2 Global currently has a consensus price target of $97.25, indicating a potential upside of 16.65%. Given J2 Global’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe J2 Global is more favorable than OpenTable.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares J2 Global and OpenTable’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J2 Global $928.42 million 4.33 $375.89 million $3.04 27.42
OpenTable N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

J2 Global has higher revenue and earnings than OpenTable.

Profitability

This table compares J2 Global and OpenTable’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J2 Global 15.98% 26.41% 12.52%
OpenTable N/A N/A N/A

Summary

J2 Global beats OpenTable on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About J2 Global

j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company‚Äôs cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.

About OpenTable

OpenTable, Inc. (OpenTable) provides solution that forms an online network connecting reservation-taking restaurants and people who dine at those restaurants. Its solutions include its electronic reservation book (ERB) and and OpenTable Connect (Connect). Its solutions for diners include www.opentable.com, its restaurant reservation Website, as well as a range of mobile applications. The OpenTable network includes approximately 20,000 OpenTable restaurant customers spanning all 50 states, as well as select markets outside of the United States. In June 2013, OpenTable Inc acquired JustChalo Inc. In July 2013, the Company announced that it has acquired Rezbook, Urbanspoon’s reservation management system for restaurants. In December 2013, OpenTable acquired Quickcue, LLC, a provider of guest management systems for restaurants. In February 2014, OpenTable Inc acquired Ness Computing Inc.

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