eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “E-commerce & Auction Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare eBay to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares eBay and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
eBay $9.16 billion $2.88 billion 5.85
eBay Competitors $2.66 billion $891.38 million -32.60

eBay has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. eBay is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.9% of eBay shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.7% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of eBay shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.0% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

eBay has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, eBay’s rivals have a beta of 1.54, indicating that their average share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares eBay and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
eBay 80.93% 17.50% 7.32%
eBay Competitors -1,537.85% -30.98% -7.15%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for eBay and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
eBay 2 18 17 0 2.41
eBay Competitors 116 735 1586 88 2.65

eBay currently has a consensus price target of $37.81, suggesting a potential downside of 2.38%. As a group, “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies have a potential upside of 11.63%. Given eBay’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe eBay has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

eBay beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

eBay Company Profile

eBay Inc. (eBay) is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. Its platforms enable sellers around the world to organize and offer their inventory for sale, and buyers to find and purchase it. Its platforms are accessible through an online experience (desktop and laptop computers), from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and by application programming interface (API) (platform access for third-party software developers). The Company’s Marketplace platforms include its online marketplace located at www.ebay.com, localized counterparts and the eBay mobile applications. The Company’s StubHub platforms include its online ticket platform located at www.stubhub.com, the StubHub mobile applications and Ticketbis. The Company’s Classifieds platforms include a collection of brands, such as Mobile.de, Kijiji, Gumtree, Marktplaats, eBay Kleinanzeigen and others.

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