Critical Contrast: Emerald Expositions (EEX) and eBay (EBAY)

Emerald Expositions (NYSE: EEX) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.


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Emerald Expositions pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. eBay does not pay a dividend. Emerald Expositions pays out 25.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Emerald Expositions and eBay, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Emerald Expositions 0 3 5 0 2.63
eBay 2 16 17 1 2.47

Emerald Expositions currently has a consensus price target of $24.40, indicating a potential upside of 24.05%. eBay has a consensus price target of $43.52, indicating a potential upside of 11.32%. Given Emerald Expositions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Emerald Expositions is more favorable than eBay.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Emerald Expositions and eBay’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Emerald Expositions $341.70 million 4.19 $81.80 million $1.11 17.72
eBay $9.57 billion 4.14 -$1.02 billion $1.63 23.98

Emerald Expositions has higher earnings, but lower revenue than eBay. Emerald Expositions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than eBay, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Emerald Expositions and eBay’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Emerald Expositions 24.01% 10.10% 4.26%
eBay -10.62% 16.82% 6.84%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.0% of Emerald Expositions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.9% of eBay shares are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of eBay shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


eBay beats Emerald Expositions on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Emerald Expositions

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. operates business-to-business (B2B) trade shows in the United States. The company operates trade shows in various industry sectors, including gift, home and general merchandise; sports; design and construction; technology; jewelry; and others comprising photography, food, healthcare, industrials, and military. It also operates events across various formats, such as B2B conferences, hosted buyer events, B2C events, summits, awards, and luxury private sales. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California.

About eBay

eBay Inc. (eBay) is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. Its platforms enable sellers around the world to organize and offer their inventory for sale, and buyers to find and purchase it. Its platforms are accessible through an online experience (desktop and laptop computers), from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and by application programming interface (API) (platform access for third-party software developers). The Company’s Marketplace platforms include its online marketplace located at, localized counterparts and the eBay mobile applications. The Company’s StubHub platforms include its online ticket platform located at, the StubHub mobile applications and Ticketbis. The Company’s Classifieds platforms include a collection of brands, such as, Kijiji, Gumtree, Marktplaats, eBay Kleinanzeigen and others.

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