Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Marathon Patent Group to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.63, suggesting that their average stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Patent Group -4,941.55% -1,139.06% -228.87%
Marathon Patent Group Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Patent Group $36.63 million -$28.66 million -0.51
Marathon Patent Group Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 150.45

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

15.4% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Marathon Patent Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group Competitors 46 278 586 14 2.61

Marathon Patent Group presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 157.51%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 7.49%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Marathon Patent Group competitors beat Marathon Patent Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Marathon Patent Group

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) is engaged in acquiring patents and patent rights from owners or other ventures. The Company monetizes its portfolio of patents and patent rights by entering into license discussions. The Company owns around 378 United States and foreign patents, and patent rights across a range of technologies and markets. The Company owns around 22 patent applications across a range of technologies and markets.

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