Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) versus Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR) Critical Analysis

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Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) and Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Zillow Group and Radware’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zillow Group -11.35% -3.18% -2.46%
Radware 7.84% 6.35% 4.26%

Risk and Volatility

Zillow Group has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Radware has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.4% of Zillow Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.4% of Radware shares are held by institutional investors. 19.9% of Zillow Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.6% of Radware shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Zillow Group and Radware’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zillow Group $1.33 billion 7.24 -$119.86 million N/A N/A
Radware $234.40 million 4.85 $11.73 million $0.29 88.07

Radware has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Zillow Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Zillow Group and Radware, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zillow Group 2 5 3 0 2.10
Radware 0 0 2 0 3.00

Zillow Group currently has a consensus target price of $40.84, suggesting a potential downside of 13.26%. Radware has a consensus target price of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.46%. Given Radware’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Radware is more favorable than Zillow Group.

Summary

Radware beats Zillow Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Zillow Group Company Profile

Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related brands on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company offers a portfolio of brands and products to empowering consumers with unparalleled data, inspiration, and knowledge around homes and connecting them with real estate professionals. Its brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle, including renting, buying, selling, and financing. The company's portfolio of consumer brands comprise real estate and rental marketplaces, such as Zillow, Trulia, Mortgage Lenders of America, StreetEasy, HotPads, Naked Apartments, RealEstate.com, and Out East. It also provides a suite of marketing software and technology solutions; and owns and operates various business brands for real estate, rental, and mortgage professionals comprising Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive, and New Home Feed. In addition, the company offers advertising services. Zillow Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Radware Company Profile

Radware Ltd. develops, manufactures, and markets cyber security and application delivery solutions for applications in physical, virtual, cloud, and software defined data centers worldwide. The company offers DefensePro, a real-time network attack prevention device; AppWall, a Web application firewall; and DefenseFlow, a cyber-command and control application. It also provides Alteon D Line, an application delivery controller/load balancer for Web, cloud, and mobile based applications; and LinkProof NG, a multi-homing and enterprise gateway solution for connectivity of enterprise and cloud-based applications. In addition, the company offers Security Updates Subscription, which provides security updates to protect customers against the latest threats; ERT Active Attackers Feed that provides customers with information pertaining to attack sources recently involved in DDoS attacks; Alteon Global Elastic License that captures application lifecycle for large ADC deployments; APSolute Vision, a management and monitoring tool for company's application delivery and cyber security solutions; and MSSP Portal, a DDoS detection and mitigation service portal. Further, it provides Cloud DDoS Protection Service, which offers a range of enterprise-grade DDoS protection services in the cloud, as well as technical support, professional, managed, and training and certification services to its customers. The company sells its products primarily to independent distributors, including value added resellers, original equipment manufacturers, and system integrators. Radware Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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