Reviewing Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Its Competitors

Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Marathon Patent Group to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Marathon Patent Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group Competitors 46 282 592 14 2.61

Marathon Patent Group currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 170.27%. As a group, “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies have a potential upside of 4.81%. Given Marathon Patent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marathon Patent Group is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Patent Group -4,941.55% -1,139.06% -228.87%
Marathon Patent Group Competitors -280.72% -68.17% -14.42%

Volatility and Risk

Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 2.72, suggesting that its stock price is 172% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group’s peers have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Marathon Patent Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Patent Group $36.63 million -$28.66 million -0.50
Marathon Patent Group Competitors $850.65 million $28.19 million 165.53

Marathon Patent Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Marathon Patent Group. Marathon Patent Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.2% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.0% of Marathon Patent Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Waste Management, Disposal & Recycling Services” companies are owned by company 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

Marathon Patent Group peers beat Marathon Patent Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

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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