LINE Corporation (NYSE: LN) and Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.4% of LINE Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.6% of Match Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.1% of Match Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for LINE Corporation and Match Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LINE Corporation 1 5 2 0 2.13
Match Group 0 2 13 0 2.87

Match Group has a consensus price target of $20.73, suggesting a potential upside of 10.60%. Given Match Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Match Group is more favorable than LINE Corporation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LINE Corporation 8.74% 8.82% 5.82%
Match Group 16.21% 34.49% 8.71%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LINE Corporation and Match Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LINE Corporation $1.38 billion 5.61 $163.58 million N/A N/A
Match Group $1.30 billion 0.75 $370.41 million $0.72 26.03

Match Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than LINE Corporation.

Summary

Match Group beats LINE Corporation on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

LINE Corporation Company Profile

LINE Corporation is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the operation of LINE business portal business. Its LINE business portal segment includes communication and content service and advertising service. Communication and content service provides communication, contents and other services, such as LINE Pay, LINE FRIENDS and LINE Mobile. Advertising service provides LINE advertising and portal advertising services.

Match Group Company Profile

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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