Acacia Research Corp (NASDAQ: ACTG) is one of 98 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Acacia Research Corp to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Acacia Research Corp and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acacia Research Corp 1 0 1 0 2.00
Acacia Research Corp Competitors 740 2096 2685 84 2.38

Acacia Research Corp currently has a consensus price target of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 31.31%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 2.04%. Given Acacia Research Corp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Acacia Research Corp is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.9% of Acacia Research Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Acacia Research Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Acacia Research Corp and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Acacia Research Corp $111.94 million $13.80 million -8.68
Acacia Research Corp Competitors $1.11 billion $178.19 million 21.45

Acacia Research Corp’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Acacia Research Corp. Acacia Research Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Acacia Research Corp and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acacia Research Corp -86.67% -22.87% -21.29%
Acacia Research Corp Competitors -129.80% -181.39% -6.16%

Risk & Volatility

Acacia Research Corp has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acacia Research Corp’s rivals have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Acacia Research Corp

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. The Company’s operating subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, applying their legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. The Company’s operating subsidiaries assist patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios, the protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use, the generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies and, where necessary, with the enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own or control the rights to multiple patent portfolios, which include the United States patents and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a range of industries.

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