58.com (NYSE: WUBA) is one of 51 publicly-traded companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare 58.com to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares 58.com and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
58.com $1.33 billion $230.09 million 395.12
58.com Competitors $946.15 million $117.75 million 46.26

58.com has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. 58.com is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares 58.com and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
58.com 2.14% 1.04% 0.72%
58.com Competitors 0.48% 26.73% 6.26%

Volatility & Risk

58.com has a beta of 2.15, meaning that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 58.com’s peers have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for 58.com and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
58.com 3 4 6 0 2.23
58.com Competitors 406 1584 2666 89 2.51

58.com currently has a consensus target price of $53.10, indicating a potential downside of 20.95%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.62%. Given 58.com’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe 58.com has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.2% of 58.com shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.7% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.9% of 58.com shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

58.com peers beat 58.com on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

58.com Company Profile

58.com Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s business consists of its online classifieds and listing platforms. Its online classifieds and listings platforms enable local merchants and consumers to connect, share information and conduct business in China. These platforms include 58, Ganji and Anjuke. 58 and Ganji are online multi-content category-classified advertising platforms, while Anjuke is an online real estate listing platform. In addition, 58 Daojia Inc., its subsidiary, operates a mobile-based closed-loop transactional platform for home services, which directly connects consumers and individual service providers for local services, such as home cleaning, moving services and manicure services provided at home. Its classifieds and listing platforms contain local information for over 480 cities across various content categories, including jobs, real estate, used goods, automotive and yellow pages. It also offers membership, online marketing services and e-commerce services.

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