Critical Analysis: Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and The Competition

Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) is one of 20 public companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Marathon Patent Group to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.62, meaning that their average stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Patent Group $36.63 million -$28.66 million -0.50
Marathon Patent Group Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 144.16

Marathon Patent Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Marathon Patent Group. Marathon Patent Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.4% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Patent Group -4,941.55% -1,139.06% -228.87%
Marathon Patent Group Competitors -280.96% -68.14% -14.45%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Marathon Patent Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group Competitors 46 280 586 14 2.61

Marathon Patent Group currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 162.01%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.26%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Marathon Patent Group competitors beat Marathon Patent Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Marathon Patent Group

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) is engaged in acquiring patents and patent rights from owners or other ventures. The Company monetizes its portfolio of patents and patent rights by entering into license discussions. The Company owns around 378 United States and foreign patents, and patent rights across a range of technologies and markets. The Company owns around 22 patent applications across a range of technologies and markets.

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