Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) is one of 98 public companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Acacia Research Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.9% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Acacia Research Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acacia Research Corporation 1 0 1 0 2.00
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors 616 1826 2570 62 2.41

Acacia Research Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 51.16%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.47%. Given Acacia Research Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Acacia Research Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acacia Research Corporation -25.64% -1.06% -0.95%
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors -54.22% -162.83% 0.06%

Risk and Volatility

Acacia Research Corporation has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acacia Research Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Acacia Research Corporation $111.94 million $13.80 million -7.54
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors $1.12 billion $179.78 million 21.93

Acacia Research Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Acacia Research Corporation. Acacia Research Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Acacia Research Corporation peers beat Acacia Research Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Acacia Research Corporation Company Profile

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. The Company’s operating subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, applying their legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. The Company’s operating subsidiaries assist patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios, the protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use, the generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies and, where necessary, with the enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own or control the rights to multiple patent portfolios, which include the United States patents and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a range of industries.

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