CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) is one of 51 publicly-traded 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 institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for CoStar Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 6 0 3.00
CoStar Group Competitors 400 1565 2635 86 2.51

CoStar Group currently has a consensus price target of $311.83, indicating a potential upside of 10.36%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 2.24%. Given CoStar Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $894.73 million $220.39 million 94.50
CoStar Group Competitors $956.92 million $128.04 million 54.20

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.8% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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 0.32% 26.75% 6.26%

Volatility & Risk

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

Summary

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

CoStar Group Company Profile

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, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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