Zillow Group (NASDAQ: ZG) and Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) 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 profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Zillow Group has a beta of 1.58, indicating that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zillow Group has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.9% of Zillow Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.1% of Zillow Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.9% of Zillow Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.7% of Zillow Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Zillow Group and Zillow Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zillow Group 0 9 8 0 2.47
Zillow Group 0 3 5 0 2.63

Zillow Group currently has a consensus target price of $47.31, indicating a potential upside of 18.21%. Zillow Group has a consensus target price of $47.44, indicating a potential upside of 18.98%. Given Zillow Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Zillow Group is more favorable than Zillow Group.

Profitability

This table compares Zillow Group and Zillow Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zillow Group -3.99% -0.25% -0.20%
Zillow Group -3.99% -0.25% -0.20%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Zillow Group and Zillow Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zillow Group $846.59 million 8.85 -$220.43 million ($0.23) -174.00
Zillow Group $846.59 million 8.52 -$220.43 million ($0.23) -173.35

Zillow Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Zillow Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Zillow Group beats Zillow Group on 4 of the 7 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Zillow Group

Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company offers a portfolio of brands and products to enable people find information about homes and connect with local professionals. Its brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle, including renting, buying, selling, and financing. The company’s portfolio of consumer brands comprises real estate and rental marketplaces, such as Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, and Naked Apartments. It also owns and operates various brands comprising Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive, and Retsly, as well as provides advertising services to real estate agents, and rental and mortgage professionals. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

About Zillow Group

Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company offers a portfolio of brands and products to enable people find information about homes and connect with local professionals. Its brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle, including renting, buying, selling, and financing. The company’s portfolio of consumer brands comprises real estate and rental marketplaces, such as Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, and Naked Apartments. It also owns and operates various brands comprising Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive, and Retsly, as well as provides advertising services to real estate agents, and rental and mortgage professionals. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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