Financial Contrast: Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG) versus Its Peers

Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) is one of 99 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Acacia Research Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Acacia Research Corporation $111.94 million $13.80 million -7.37
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors $1.10 billion $177.95 million 22.91

Acacia Research Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Acacia Research Corporation. Acacia Research Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Acacia Research Corporation has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acacia Research Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Acacia Research Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acacia Research Corporation 1 0 1 0 2.00
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors 617 1834 2581 62 2.41

Acacia Research Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 54.76%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.60%. Given Acacia Research Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Acacia Research Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acacia Research Corporation -25.64% -1.06% -0.95%
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors -53.39% -160.86% 0.30%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.9% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies 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.

Summary

Acacia Research Corporation rivals beat Acacia Research Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Acacia Research Corporation Company Profile

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. The Company’s operating subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, applying their legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. The Company’s operating subsidiaries assist patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios, the protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use, the generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies and, where necessary, with the enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own or control the rights to multiple patent portfolios, which include the United States patents and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a range of industries.

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