Contrasting Bitauto (BITA) & IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC)

Bitauto (NYSE: BITA) and IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IAC) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Bitauto and IAC/InterActiveCorp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bitauto 0 0 1 0 3.00
IAC/InterActiveCorp 0 1 18 0 2.95

IAC/InterActiveCorp has a consensus price target of $141.47, indicating a potential upside of 17.82%. Given IAC/InterActiveCorp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe IAC/InterActiveCorp is more favorable than Bitauto.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bitauto and IAC/InterActiveCorp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bitauto $831.50 million 2.58 -$50.57 million ($2.72) -11.00
IAC/InterActiveCorp $3.14 billion 3.14 -$41.28 million $3.96 30.32

IAC/InterActiveCorp has higher revenue and earnings than Bitauto. Bitauto is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IAC/InterActiveCorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.8% of Bitauto shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of IAC/InterActiveCorp shares are held by institutional investors. 17.0% of Bitauto shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of IAC/InterActiveCorp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bitauto and IAC/InterActiveCorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bitauto -11.69% -2.10% -0.70%
IAC/InterActiveCorp 11.81% 4.26% 1.98%

Volatility & Risk

Bitauto has a beta of 3.03, meaning that its stock price is 203% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IAC/InterActiveCorp has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

IAC/InterActiveCorp beats Bitauto on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bitauto

Bitauto Holdings Limited is a provider of Internet content and marketing services for China’s automotive industry. The Company’s bitauto.com and taoche.com Websites provide consumers with information on new and used automobile pricing, and promotional information, specifications, reviews and consumer feedback. The Company operates through three segments: advertising business, EP platform business and digital marketing solutions business. The advertising business offers a range of advertising services mainly to automakers through its Websites, as well as mobile applications. The EP platform business provides Web-based and mobile-based integrated digital marketing solutions to automobile customers in China. The digital marketing solutions business provides automakers with digital marketing solutions, including Website creation and maintenance, online public relations, online marketing campaigns and advertising agent services.

About IAC/InterActiveCorp

IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) is a media and Internet company. The Company’s brands include HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, Dictionary.com and Match Group’s online dating portfolio, which includes Tinder, PlentyOfFish and OkCupid. Its segments include Match Group, HomeAdvisor, Video, Applications and Publishing. Match Group includes the dating and non-dating businesses of Match Group, Inc. HomeAdvisor is a home services digital marketplace that helps connect consumers with home professionals in North America, as well as in France, the Netherlands and Italy under various brands. Its Video consists of Vimeo, Electus, CollegeHumor, Notional, IAC Films and Daily Burn. Applications consists of Consumer, which include its direct-to-consumer downloadable desktop applications, Apalon, which houses its mobile applications and SlimWare, and Partnerships, which includes its business-to-business partnership operations. Publishing consists of Premium Brands business, and Ask & Other business.

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