LINE (NYSE: LN) is one of 44 public companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare LINE to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LINE 4.45% 5.46% 3.50%
LINE Competitors -16.11% -45.92% -1.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for LINE and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LINE 4 2 3 0 1.89
LINE Competitors 509 1909 4641 230 2.63

As a group, “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies have a potential upside of 6.07%. Given LINE’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe LINE has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.2% of LINE shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.2% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.7% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

LINE has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LINE’s competitors have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares LINE and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
LINE $1.60 billion $71.89 million 126.83
LINE Competitors $6.96 billion $964.57 million 40.63

LINE’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than LINE. LINE 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.

Summary

LINE competitors beat LINE on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About LINE

LINE Corporation provides a platform for mobile messaging and communication services, content distribution, and related services primarily in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. The company offers LINE, a cross-platform messenger application that enable users to communicate through free instant messaging, and voice and video calls, as well as serves as a smart portal to its other applications and services. It also provides communication and content sales and advertising services through the LINE platform; and advertising services through LINE advertising, and livedoor and NAVER Matome Web portals. The company was formerly known as NHN Japan Corporation and changed its name to LINE Corporation in April 2013. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. LINE Corporation is a subsidiary of Naver Corporation.

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