CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) is one of 50 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare CoStar Group to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

CoStar Group has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CoStar Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.35, suggesting that their average share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.8% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CoStar Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $894.73 million $220.39 million 92.61
CoStar Group Competitors $942.22 million $116.70 million 56.02

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CoStar Group 10.85% 7.19% 5.49%
CoStar Group Competitors -0.14% 26.79% 6.18%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CoStar Group and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 6 0 3.00
CoStar Group Competitors 395 1533 2581 84 2.51

CoStar Group currently has a consensus price target of $311.83, indicating a potential upside of 12.61%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.60%. Given CoStar Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than its competitors.


CoStar Group beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About CoStar Group

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet,, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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