Analyzing Cogint (COGT) and The Meet Group (MEET)

Cogint (NASDAQ: COGT) and The Meet Group (NASDAQ:MEET) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Cogint and The Meet Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cogint -24.16% -18.16% -12.53%
The Meet Group -51.89% 9.41% 8.08%

Volatility and Risk

Cogint has a beta of 0.12, indicating that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Meet Group has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cogint and The Meet Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cogint $220.27 million 0.74 -$53.20 million ($0.72) -3.13
The Meet Group $123.75 million 1.34 -$64.59 million $0.31 7.45

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Cogint and The Meet Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cogint 0 0 3 0 3.00
The Meet Group 0 2 2 0 2.50

Cogint presently has a consensus price target of $6.33, indicating a potential upside of 181.48%. The Meet Group has a consensus price target of $5.56, indicating a potential upside of 140.80%. Given Cogint’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Cogint is more favorable than The Meet Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.5% of Cogint shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.8% of The Meet Group shares are held by institutional investors. 54.1% of Cogint shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of The Meet Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Cogint

Cogint, Inc., a data and analytics company, provides cloud-based information and performance marketing solutions to enterprises in various industries in the United States. It operates in two segments, Information Services and Performance Marketing. The Information Services segment provides solutions to organizations in the risk management and consumer marketing industries. It offers CORE, a data fusion platform that provides information about individuals, businesses, and assets for banking and financial services companies, insurance companies, healthcare companies, law enforcement and government, the collection industry, law firms, retail, telecommunications companies, and corporate security and investigative firms. This segment also provides data acquisition solutions that enable clients to grow their customer databases by using self-declared consumer insights to identify, connect with, and acquire first-party consumer data and multi-channel marketing consent. The Performance Marketing segment operates Agile Audience Engine platform that helps brands, advertisers, and marketers find the right customers in the business-to-consumer vertical, including Internet and telecommunications, financial services, health and wellness, consumer packaged goods, careers and education, and retail and entertainment through mobile, Web, and in-app content environments. The company was formerly known as IDI, Inc. and changed its name to Cogint, Inc. in September 2016. Cogint, Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

About The Meet Group

The Meet Group, Inc., formerly MeetMe, Inc., offers a portfolio of mobile applications. The Company operates location-based social networks for meeting new people on mobile platforms, including on iPhone, Android, iPad and other tablets, and on the Web that facilitate interactions among users, and helps users to connect and chat with each other. The Company offers online marketing capabilities, which enable marketers to display their advertisements in different formats and in different locations. The Company holds interest in Skout, Inc. (Skout), which serves as a global mobile network for meeting new people. The Company’s social networking products include Chat, Profile and Friends. Its social discovery products facilitate interactions among members. The Company’s social discovery products include Meet, Discuss and Buzz, and Interested. The Company’s products also include Social Theater.

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