Waitr (NASDAQ:WTRH) and CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Waitr N/A -25.81% -17.25%
CoStar Group 22.48% 10.42% 9.35%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Waitr and CoStar Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Waitr 0 1 5 0 2.83
CoStar Group 1 0 8 0 2.78

Waitr presently has a consensus target price of $7.61, indicating a potential upside of 347.84%. CoStar Group has a consensus target price of $621.56, indicating a potential upside of 7.41%. Given Waitr’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Waitr is more favorable than CoStar Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.8% of Waitr shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.0% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. 23.9% of Waitr shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of CoStar Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Waitr and CoStar Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Waitr $69.27 million 1.88 -$34.31 million ($2.18) -0.78
CoStar Group $1.19 billion 17.75 $238.33 million $7.40 78.20

CoStar Group has higher revenue and earnings than Waitr. Waitr is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CoStar Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

CoStar Group beats Waitr on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Waitr

Waitr Holdings Inc. provides online food ordering and delivery services in the Southeastern United States. Its Waitr Platform and Bite Squad Platform facilitates ordering of food and beverages by diners from restaurant partners for pick-up and delivery through a network of drivers. As of December 31, 2018, the company had approximately 8,500 restaurant partners in 250 cities. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

About CoStar Group

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate industry in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company offers CoStar Property Professional service that offers inventory of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily properties and land. It also provides CoStar COMPS Professional that covers comparable commercial real estate sales information; CoStar Tenant, an online business-to-business prospecting and analytical tool; CoStar Lease Comps, a solution to capture, manage, and maintain lease data; CoStar Lease Analysis, a workflow tool; CoStar Advertising to market a space for lease or a property for sale; CoStar Private Sale Network, which provides custom-designed and branded Websites; and CoStar and CoStar Go CoStar mobile apps. In addition, the company offers CoStar Real Estate Manager, a real estate and asset management, and lease accounting software; CoStar Risk Analytics, a commercial real estate risk management tool; CoStar Brokerage Applications; CoStar Investment Analysis Request, a business intelligence software; and CoStar Investment Analysis Portfolio Maximizer, a real estate portfolio management software. Further, it provides apartment marketing sites, such as Apartments.com, ApartmentFinder.com, ForRent.com, ApartmentHomeLiving.com, Apartamentos.com, WestsideRentals.com, and Cozy.co; LoopNet Premium Lister and LoopNet Power Listings for commercial real estate professionals; LoopLink, an online real estate marketing and database services suite; Listing Manager, an online listing tool; Realla, a commercial property listings and data management platform; LandsofAmerica, LandAndFarm, and LandWatch online marketplaces for rural land for sale; and BizBuySell and BizQuest online marketplaces for operating businesses for sale. The company has a strategic relationship with Buxton Company. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Washington, the District of Columbia.

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