Comparing Yext (YEXT) and CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP)

Yext (NYSE: YEXT) and CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Yext and CoStar Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Yext $134.22 million 8.77 -$44.90 million N/A N/A
CoStar Group $894.73 million 10.23 $220.39 million $2.99 93.30

CoStar Group has higher revenue and earnings than Yext.

Profitability

This table compares Yext and CoStar Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yext N/A N/A N/A
CoStar Group 10.85% 7.19% 5.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Yext and CoStar Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yext 0 2 2 0 2.50
CoStar Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

Yext presently has a consensus target price of $16.25, indicating a potential upside of 24.24%. CoStar Group has a consensus target price of $313.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.20%. Given Yext’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Yext is more favorable than CoStar Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.7% of Yext shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.7% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CoStar Group beats Yext on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Yext Company Profile

Yext Inc. is a knowledge engine provider. Yext puts business on the map. The Yext Knowledge Engine enables companies to manage their digital knowledge in the cloud and sync it to over 100 services in the PowerListings Network, including Apple Maps, Bing, Cortana, Facebook, Google, Google Maps, Instagram, Siri and Yelp. Yext Listings, Pages and Reviews help businesses around the globe and facilitate face-to-face digital interactions. Yext Knowledge Engine enables businesses to control and manage their digital knowledge and makes it available through the PowerListings Network of over 100 third-party maps, apps, search engines, intelligent GPS systems, digital assistants, vertical directories and social networks in a complete, up to date and accurate manner.

CoStar Group Company Profile

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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