Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) and Renren (NYSE:RENN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Match Group has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Renren has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Match Group and Renren, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Match Group 0 2 12 0 2.86
Renren 0 0 0 0 N/A

Match Group presently has a consensus target price of $21.18, indicating a potential downside of 10.36%. Given Match Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Match Group is more favorable than Renren.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Match Group $1.30 billion 0.95 $370.41 million $0.72 32.82
Renren $81.49 million 6.93 -$67.85 million ($2.21) -3.73

Match Group has higher revenue and earnings than Renren. Renren 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

19.0% of Match Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of Renren shares are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Match Group 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.

Profitability

This table compares Match Group and Renren’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%
Renren -183.43% -19.98% -12.81%

Summary

Match Group beats Renren on 10 of the 12 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 Renren

Renren Inc. operates a real name social networking Internet platform in China. The Company enables users to connect and communicate with each other, share photos, and various features and services. The Company is developing Internet finance business to leverage its social networking services and user base in China, particularly focusing on the audience of college students and young people in China. The Company operates through two segments: Renren and Internet finance. The Company’s Renren segment focuses on online advertising and Internet value-added services (IVAS). The Company’s Internet finance segment includes Renren Fenqi, an online platform, which provides credit financing to college students in China through the form of payment by installments; its used automobile financing business, which provides credit financing to used automobile dealers, and Renren Licai, a financing and lending platform.

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