Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA) and Patriot Scientific (OTCMKTS:PTSC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.2% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Patriot Scientific shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Marathon Patent Group and Patriot Scientific, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Patriot Scientific 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and Patriot Scientific’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Patent Group -819.90% -201.79% -137.54%
Patriot Scientific N/A -40.45% -39.20%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and Patriot Scientific’s 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 $1.56 million 15.79 -$12.81 million N/A N/A
Patriot Scientific N/A N/A -$1.20 million N/A N/A

Patriot Scientific has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Marathon Patent Group.

Risk and Volatility

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 2.24, meaning that its stock price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Patriot Scientific has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Marathon Patent Group Company Profile

Marathon Patent Group, Inc. focuses on mining digital assets. It owns cryptocurrency mining machines and a data center to mine digital assets. The company was formerly known as American Strategic Minerals Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Patent Group, Inc. in February 2013. Marathon Patent Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Patriot Scientific Company Profile

Patriot Scientific Corporation focuses on commercializing microprocessor technologies through broad and open licensing. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Carlsbad, California.

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