Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) and IZEA (NASDAQ:IZEA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Match Group and IZEA, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Match Group 0 2 12 0 2.86
IZEA 0 0 1 0 3.00

Match Group currently has a consensus target price of $20.73, indicating a potential downside of 4.70%. Given Match Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Match Group is more favorable than IZEA.

Volatility & Risk

Match Group has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IZEA has a beta of -1.27, meaning that its share price is 227% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.1% of Match Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.7% of IZEA shares are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Match Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 25.5% of IZEA shares are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Match Group and IZEA’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Match Group $1.30 billion 0.87 $370.41 million $0.72 30.21
IZEA N/A N/A N/A ($1.36) -1.25

Match Group has higher revenue and earnings than IZEA. IZEA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Match Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Match Group and IZEA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Match Group 16.21% 34.49% 8.71%
IZEA -26.71% -90.49% -45.63%

Summary

Match Group beats IZEA on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Match Group

Match Group, Inc., incorporated on February 13, 2009, is a provider of dating products. The Company operates in the Dating segment. The Dating segment consists of all of its dating businesses across the globe. As of March 31, 2017, the Company operated a portfolio of over 45 brands, including Match, Tinder, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, OkCupid, Pairs, Twoo, OurTime, BlackPeopleMeet and LoveScout24, each designed to manage its users’ likelihood of finding a romantic connection. As of March 31, 2017, the Company offered its dating products in 42 languages across more than 190 countries.

About IZEA

IZEA, Inc. (IZEA) operates online marketplaces that facilitate transactions between brands and influential content creators. These creators produce and distribute text, videos and photos on behalf of brands through Websites, blogs and social media channels. Its technology enables transactions to be completed at scale through the management of content workflow, creator search and targeting, bidding, analytics and payment processing. Brands and Publishers engage IZEA in order to gain access to its technology and network of creators. These companies use its technology for various purposes, such as the engagement of online influencers for sponsored social campaigns, or the creation of standalone content for distribution through their owned channels. The Company provides services to customers in multiple industry segments, including consumer products, retail/eTail, technology and travel. Its platforms include IZEA.com and The IZEA Exchange (IZEAx), and Ebyline.

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