CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) is one of 51 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare CoStar Group to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for CoStar Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 6 0 3.00
CoStar Group Competitors 400 1565 2636 86 2.51

CoStar Group presently has a consensus price target of $311.83, suggesting a potential upside of 9.92%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.91%. Given CoStar Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CoStar Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $894.73 million $220.39 million 94.88
CoStar Group Competitors $956.92 million $128.04 million 53.80

CoStar Group’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than CoStar Group. CoStar Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares CoStar Group and its competitors’ 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%
CoStar Group Competitors 0.86% 27.78% 6.09%

Risk and Volatility

CoStar Group has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CoStar Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.35, indicating that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.8% of CoStar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CoStar Group beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About CoStar Group

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.

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