Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) and Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE:ADSW) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.4% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.5% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Marathon Patent Group and Advanced Disposal Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Advanced Disposal Services 0 3 5 0 2.63

Marathon Patent Group currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 158.06%. Advanced Disposal Services has a consensus target price of $25.71, suggesting a potential upside of 13.28%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than Advanced Disposal Services.

Risk and Volatility

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advanced Disposal Services has a beta of -0.67, suggesting that its share price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and Advanced Disposal Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Patent Group $36.63 million 1.28 -$28.66 million ($9.18) -0.51
Advanced Disposal Services $1.40 billion 1.43 -$30.40 million ($0.28) -81.07

Marathon Patent Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Advanced Disposal Services. Advanced Disposal Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marathon Patent Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and Advanced Disposal Services’ 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%
Advanced Disposal Services -1.61% 5.84% 1.41%

Summary

Advanced Disposal Services beats Marathon Patent Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Advanced Disposal Services Company Profile

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is an integrated provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services operating primarily in secondary markets or under exclusive arrangements. The Company’s segments include South, East, Midwest and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had its presence in 16 states across the Midwest, South and East regions of the United States, as well as in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, served approximately 2.7 million residential customers and over 200,000 commercial and industrial (C&I) customers through its network of 90 collection operations, 72 transfer stations, 21 owned or operated recycling facilities and 39 owned or operated active landfills. The Company’s vertically integrated environmental services operations can be classified into three lines of business: collection services, disposal services and recycling services. The disposal services include transfer stations and landfills.

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