Match Group (NASDAQ: TSG) and Stars Group (NASDAQ:TSG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Match Group and Stars Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Match Group 0 8 9 0 2.53
Stars Group 0 1 1 0 2.50

Match Group presently has a consensus price target of $44.21, indicating a potential downside of 20.16%. Stars Group has a consensus price target of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 63.35%. Given Stars Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stars Group is more favorable than Match Group.

Risk & Volatility

Match Group has a beta of 0.4, suggesting that its share price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stars Group has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Match Group $1.33 billion 11.52 $350.14 million $0.52 106.50
Stars Group $1.31 billion 5.20 $259.23 million $2.25 11.16

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.6% of Match Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Stars Group shares are held by institutional investors. 7.0% of Match Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Match Group 32.94% 53.18% 13.03%
Stars Group 3.01% 23.55% 8.68%

Summary

Match Group beats Stars Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Match Group

Match Group, Inc. provides dating products. It operates a portfolio of brands, including Tinder, Match, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, OkCupid, OurTime, and Pairs. Match Group, Inc. offers its dating products through its Websites and applications in 42 languages approximately in 190 countries. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Match Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp.

About Stars Group

The Stars Group Inc. provides technology-based products and services to gaming and interactive entertainment industries in Canada and internationally. It owns and operates gaming and related interactive entertainment businesses under the PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival, and PokerStars MEGASTACK live poker tour and event brands, The company was formerly known as Amaya, Inc. and changed its name to The Stars Group Inc. in August 2017. The Stars Group Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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