Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Marathon Patent Group to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.4% of Marathon Patent Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.9% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Marathon Patent Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group Competitors 46 281 589 14 2.61

Marathon Patent Group currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 110.90%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.91%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Patent Group -4,941.55% -1,139.06% -228.87%
Marathon Patent Group Competitors -280.98% -68.19% -14.48%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Patent Group $36.63 million -$28.66 million -0.62
Marathon Patent Group Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 159.15

Marathon Patent Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Marathon Patent Group. Marathon Patent Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.62, indicating that their average share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Marathon Patent Group competitors beat Marathon Patent Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Marathon Patent Group Company Profile

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) is engaged in acquiring patents and patent rights from owners or other ventures. The Company monetizes its portfolio of patents and patent rights by entering into license discussions. The Company owns around 378 United States and foreign patents, and patent rights across a range of technologies and markets. The Company owns around 22 patent applications across a range of technologies and markets.

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