Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE: ADSW) and Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and Marathon Patent Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Advanced Disposal Services||$1.40 billion||1.50||-$30.40 million||($0.28)||-84.93|
|Marathon Patent Group||$36.63 million||1.39||-$28.66 million||($8.86)||-0.46|
Marathon Patent Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Advanced Disposal Services. Advanced Disposal Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marathon Patent Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
96.5% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Advanced Disposal Services shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group 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.
Volatility and Risk
Advanced Disposal Services has a beta of -0.7, indicating that its share price is 170% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 2.94, indicating that its share price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Advanced Disposal Services and Marathon Patent Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Advanced Disposal Services||-1.61%||5.84%||1.41%|
|Marathon Patent Group||-4,941.55%||N/A||-228.87%|
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Advanced Disposal Services and Marathon Patent Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Advanced Disposal Services||0||2||6||0||2.75|
|Marathon Patent Group||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Advanced Disposal Services currently has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.34%. Marathon Patent Group has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 194.84%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than Advanced Disposal Services.
Advanced Disposal Services beats Marathon Patent Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Advanced Disposal Services Company Profile
Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is an integrated provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services operating primarily in secondary markets or under exclusive arrangements. The Company’s segments include South, East, Midwest and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had its presence in 16 states across the Midwest, South and East regions of the United States, as well as in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, served approximately 2.7 million residential customers and over 200,000 commercial and industrial (C&I) customers through its network of 90 collection operations, 72 transfer stations, 21 owned or operated recycling facilities and 39 owned or operated active landfills. The Company’s vertically integrated environmental services operations can be classified into three lines of business: collection services, disposal services and recycling services. The disposal services include transfer stations and landfills.
Marathon Patent Group Company Profile
Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) is engaged in acquiring patents and patent rights from owners or other ventures. The Company monetizes its portfolio of patents and patent rights by entering into license discussions. The Company owns around 378 United States and foreign patents, and patent rights across a range of technologies and markets. The Company owns around 22 patent applications across a range of technologies and markets.
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