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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for LinkedIn Corp and Match Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LinkedIn Corp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Match Group 0 3 10 0 2.77

Match Group has a consensus price target of $26.82, indicating a potential downside of 0.71%.

Risk and Volatility

LinkedIn Corp has a beta of 1.58, meaning that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Match Group has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LinkedIn Corp 0.95% 0.72% 0.49%
Match Group 16.21% 34.49% 8.71%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LinkedIn Corp N/A N/A N/A ($1.24) N/A
Match Group $1.22 billion 5.79 $171.45 million $0.72 37.51

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.0% of LinkedIn Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.9% of Match Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.7% of LinkedIn Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of Match Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Match Group beats LinkedIn Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LinkedIn Corp

LinkedIn Corporation (LinkedIn) is a professional network on the Internet with approximately 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. The Company provides the majority of its products at no cost to its members. It offers approximately three product lines: Talent Solutions, which includes Hiring, and Learning and Development; Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions. Its products are sold through approximately two channels, an offline field sales organization, which engages with both large and small enterprise customers, as well as an online, self-serve channel, which includes enterprise customers and individual members purchasing subscriptions. Its solutions include Free Solutions and Monetized Solutions. Its Free Solutions include Stay Connected and Informed, and Advance My Career. The Company’s Monetized Solutions include Talent Solutions, which includes Hiring, and Learning and Development, Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions.

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.

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