IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and Blucora (NASDAQ:INSP) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares IAC/InterActiveCorp and Blucora’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IAC/InterActiveCorp 7.66% 9.16% 4.00%
Blucora 2.50% 2.56% 1.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for IAC/InterActiveCorp and Blucora, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IAC/InterActiveCorp 0 1 18 0 2.95
Blucora 0 0 0 0 N/A

IAC/InterActiveCorp currently has a consensus target price of $110.17, suggesting a potential downside of 4.21%. Given IAC/InterActiveCorp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe IAC/InterActiveCorp is more favorable than Blucora.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.2% of IAC/InterActiveCorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.6% of IAC/InterActiveCorp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IAC/InterActiveCorp and Blucora’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IAC/InterActiveCorp $3.10 billion 2.74 $448.71 million $2.66 43.24
Blucora N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

IAC/InterActiveCorp has higher revenue and earnings than Blucora.

Summary

IAC/InterActiveCorp beats Blucora on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

IAC/InterActiveCorp Company Profile

IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) is a media and Internet company. The Company’s brands include HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, Dictionary.com and Match Group’s online dating portfolio, which includes Tinder, PlentyOfFish and OkCupid. Its segments include Match Group, HomeAdvisor, Video, Applications and Publishing. Match Group includes the dating and non-dating businesses of Match Group, Inc. HomeAdvisor is a home services digital marketplace that helps connect consumers with home professionals in North America, as well as in France, the Netherlands and Italy under various brands. Its Video consists of Vimeo, Electus, CollegeHumor, Notional, IAC Films and Daily Burn. Applications consists of Consumer, which include its direct-to-consumer downloadable desktop applications, Apalon, which houses its mobile applications and SlimWare, and Partnerships, which includes its business-to-business partnership operations. Publishing consists of Premium Brands business, and Ask & Other business.

Blucora Company Profile

Blucora, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. The Company operates through the Wealth Management and Tax Preparation segments. The Company’s Wealth Management segment consists of HD Vest, which provides financial advisors with an integrated platform of brokerage, investment advisory and insurance services to assist in making each financial advisor a financial service center for his/her clients The Company’s Tax Preparation segment provides digital do-it-yourself (DDIY) tax preparation solutions for consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. TaxAct, a provider of digital tax preparation solutions. HD Vest’s specialized model provides an open-architecture investment platform and technology tools to help financial advisors identify investment opportunities for their clients. TaxAct offers pricing and packaging options for tax professionals.

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