Actua Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTA) is one of 195 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Actua Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Actua Corporation has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actua Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.27, meaning that their average share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Actua Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actua Corporation $118.96 million -$22.10 million 7.26
Actua Corporation Competitors $2.12 billion $374.78 million 17.52

Actua Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Actua Corporation. Actua Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Actua Corporation and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actua Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Actua Corporation Competitors 675 4342 7069 152 2.55

Actua Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.97%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 1.45%. Given Actua Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Actua Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.3% of Actua Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.7% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.2% of Actua Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.2% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Actua Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actua Corporation 67.78% -5.42% -4.26%
Actua Corporation Competitors -20.04% -52.45% -3.86%


Actua Corporation peers beat Actua Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Actua Corporation

Actua Corporation, formerly ICG Group, Inc., is a multi-vertical cloud technology company. The Company operates through two segments, which include the vertical cloud segment and the vertical cloud (venture) segment. The Company’s vertical cloud-based businesses include Bolt Solutions Inc. (Bolt), Folio Dynamics Holdings Inc. (FolioDynamix), GovDelivery Holdings, Inc. (GovDelivery) and VelocityEHS Holdings, Inc. (VelocityEHS), which operate in the commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, wealth management, government communications and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) markets, respectively. The vertical cloud (venture) businesses include InstaMed Holdings, Inc. (InstaMed) and Parchment Inc. (Parchment), which operate a cloud-based healthcare payments network and an education credentials technology, respectively.

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