LINE Corporation (NYSE: LN) and MeetMe (NASDAQ:MEET) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.6% of LINE Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of MeetMe shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of MeetMe shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares LINE Corporation and MeetMe’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LINE Corporation $1.36 billion 5.93 $189.72 million N/A N/A
MeetMe $82.86 million 3.64 $26.44 million $0.24 18.08

LINE Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than MeetMe.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for LINE Corporation and MeetMe, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LINE Corporation 1 6 2 0 2.11
MeetMe 0 0 4 0 3.00

MeetMe has a consensus price target of $9.25, indicating a potential upside of 113.13%. Given MeetMe’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MeetMe is more favorable than LINE Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares LINE Corporation and MeetMe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LINE Corporation 5.44% 6.76% 4.00%
MeetMe 15.95% 12.21% 11.58%

Summary

MeetMe beats LINE Corporation on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

LINE Corporation Company Profile

LINE Corporation is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the operation of LINE business portal business. Its LINE business portal segment includes communication and content service and advertising service. Communication and content service provides communication, contents and other services, such as LINE Pay, LINE FRIENDS and LINE Mobile. Advertising service provides LINE advertising and portal advertising services.

MeetMe Company Profile

The Meet Group, Inc., formerly MeetMe, Inc., offers a portfolio of mobile applications. The Company operates location-based social networks for meeting new people on mobile platforms, including on iPhone, Android, iPad and other tablets, and on the Web that facilitate interactions among users, and helps users to connect and chat with each other. The Company offers online marketing capabilities, which enable marketers to display their advertisements in different formats and in different locations. The Company holds interest in Skout, Inc. (Skout), which serves as a global mobile network for meeting new people. The Company’s social networking products include Chat, Profile and Friends. Its social discovery products facilitate interactions among members. The Company’s social discovery products include Meet, Discuss and Buzz, and Interested. The Company’s products also include Social Theater.

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