Critical Survey: Leaf Group (DMD) vs. Its Peers
Leaf Group (NYSE: DMD) is one of 50 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Leaf Group to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This table compares Leaf Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Leaf Group Competitors||-0.13%||27.17%||6.27%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Leaf Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Leaf Group Competitors||$941.65 million||$116.66 million||54.26|
Leaf Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Leaf Group. Leaf Group 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.
Risk & Volatility
Leaf Group has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leaf Group’s peers have a beta of 1.36, meaning that their average share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Leaf Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Leaf Group Competitors||443||1695||2634||106||2.49|
Leaf Group currently has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential upside of 22.05%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.76%. Given Leaf Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Leaf Group is more favorable than its peers.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
58.8% of Leaf Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 44.0% of Leaf Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.9% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Leaf Group peers beat Leaf Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared.
About Leaf Group
Leaf Group Ltd., formerly Demand Media, Inc., is diversified Internet marketplaces and media company. The Company has online media properties and marketplace platforms that enable communities of creators to reach audiences in lifestyle categories. The Company operates an online studio platform for the professional creation and distribution of content, as well as two online artist marketplaces. Its business comprises two service offerings: Content & Media and Marketplaces. The Company creates media content, including text articles, videos, photographs and designed visual formats, and publishes such content to its owned and operated online properties and to its customers’ online properties. The Company also offers its content creation and distribution platform to provide custom content and other content marketing solutions to brands, publishers and advertisers.
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