Analyzing SEA (SE) and Blackline (BL)

SEA (NYSE: SE) and Blackline (NASDAQ:BL) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SEA and Blackline, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEA 0 0 6 0 3.00
Blackline 1 0 5 0 2.67

SEA presently has a consensus price target of $18.67, suggesting a potential upside of 65.34%. Blackline has a consensus price target of $37.50, suggesting a potential upside of 15.14%. Given SEA’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe SEA is more favorable than Blackline.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.7% of SEA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.1% of Blackline shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of SEA shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of Blackline shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEA and Blackline’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blackline $123.12 million 14.00 -$39.15 million ($0.96) -33.93

SEA has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Blackline.


This table compares SEA and Blackline’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEA -141.10% N/A -48.73%
Blackline -29.53% -8.00% -5.57%


Blackline beats SEA on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

SEA Company Profile

Sea Limited, formerly Garena Interactive Holding Limited, is an Internet company. The Company operates through three segments: digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services. The Company has developed an integrated platform consisting of digital entertainment focused on online games, e-commerce, and digital financial services focused on e-wallet services. Its platforms include Garena, Shopee, and AirPay. Garena provides access to engaging mobile and personal computer (PC) online games, live streaming game play, as well as social features such as user chat and online forums. Shopee is an e-commerce marketplace where users come together to browse, shop and sell on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. AirPay App is the Company’s digital financial services business that provides e-wallet services to consumers through the AirPay App and to small businesses through the AirPay counter application.

Blackline Company Profile

BlackLine, Inc. is a holding company. The Company provides cloud-based software platform that is designed to automate and streamline accounting and finance operations. Its platform supports accounting processes, such as the financial close, account reconciliation, intercompany accounting and controls assurance. Its platform consists of seven core cloud-based products, including Account Reconciliation, Task Management, Transaction Matching, Journal Entry, Variance Analysis, Consolidation Integrity Manager and Daily Reconciliation. The Company’s solutions include Reconciliation Management and Financial Close Management and Insights. It operates through two geographical regions, which include the United States and International. As of December 31, 2016, its software integrated with, and obtained data from, more than 30 various enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, including NetSuite, Oracle and Workday, as well as many other financial systems and applications.

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