LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) and Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LinkedIn Corp 0.95% 0.72% 0.49%
Match Group 16.21% 34.49% 8.71%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares LinkedIn Corp and Match Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LinkedIn Corp N/A N/A N/A ($1.24) -158.03
Match Group $1.30 billion 5.14 $370.41 million $0.72 35.40

Match Group has higher revenue and earnings than LinkedIn Corp. LinkedIn Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Match Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

LinkedIn Corp has a beta of 1.58, meaning that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Match Group has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for LinkedIn Corp and Match Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LinkedIn Corp 0 3 0 0 2.00
Match Group 0 3 10 0 2.77

LinkedIn Corp currently has a consensus target price of $208.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.14%. Match Group has a consensus target price of $26.82, suggesting a potential upside of 5.21%. Given LinkedIn Corp’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe LinkedIn Corp is more favorable than Match Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.0% of LinkedIn Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.7% of Match Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.7% of LinkedIn Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of Match Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Match Group beats LinkedIn Corp on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

LinkedIn Corp Company Profile

LinkedIn Corporation (LinkedIn) is a professional network on the Internet with approximately 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. The Company provides the majority of its products at no cost to its members. It offers approximately three product lines: Talent Solutions, which includes Hiring, and Learning and Development; Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions. Its products are sold through approximately two channels, an offline field sales organization, which engages with both large and small enterprise customers, as well as an online, self-serve channel, which includes enterprise customers and individual members purchasing subscriptions. Its solutions include Free Solutions and Monetized Solutions. Its Free Solutions include Stay Connected and Informed, and Advance My Career. The Company’s Monetized Solutions include Talent Solutions, which includes Hiring, and Learning and Development, Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions.

Match Group Company Profile

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.

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