Contrasting King Digital Entertainment (KING) and The Competition

King Digital Entertainment (NYSE: KING) is one of 60 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare King Digital Entertainment to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for King Digital Entertainment and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
King Digital Entertainment 0 0 0 0 N/A
King Digital Entertainment Competitors 206 1540 2909 93 2.61

As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 14.71%. Given King Digital Entertainment’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe King Digital Entertainment has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares King Digital Entertainment and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
King Digital Entertainment N/A N/A 10.29
King Digital Entertainment Competitors $1.02 billion $67.00 million 512.06

King Digital Entertainment’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than King Digital Entertainment. King Digital Entertainment 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.9% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.1% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares King Digital Entertainment and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
King Digital Entertainment 19.58% 33.71% 24.95%
King Digital Entertainment Competitors -23.70% -240.48% -12.46%

Summary

King Digital Entertainment rivals beat King Digital Entertainment on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

King Digital Entertainment Company Profile

King Digital Entertainment plc is an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. The Company has four franchises: Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. The Company develops and publishes games that can be played on its king.com and royalgames.com Websites, Facebook and, mobile platforms, such as iOS and Android. The Company is involved in developing and monetizing digital games on multiple platforms. The Company’s games include Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and Bubble Witch 2 Saga. As of December 31, 2014, the Company had 533 million monthly active users (MAUs), 149 million daily active users (DAUs), 356 million monthly unique users (MUUs) and 8,344 million monthly unique payers (MUPs).

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