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

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its rivals’ 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%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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 150.40

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Marathon Patent Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Marathon Patent Group currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 158.06%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.56%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & 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 rivals have a beta of 0.62, suggesting that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

Marathon Patent Group Company Profile

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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