Reviewing Internet Initiative Japan (IIJI) & Match Group (MTCH)

Internet Initiative Japan (NASDAQ:IIJI) and Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.5% of Internet Initiative Japan shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.5% of Match Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Internet Initiative Japan shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of Match Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Internet Initiative Japan and Match Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Internet Initiative Japan 2.01% 8.67% 4.11%
Match Group 27.48% 66.86% 17.49%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Internet Initiative Japan and Match Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Internet Initiative Japan $1.59 billion 0.67 $45.98 million $0.52 21.81
Match Group $1.73 billion 9.12 $477.94 million $1.33 42.65

Match Group has higher revenue and earnings than Internet Initiative Japan. Internet Initiative Japan is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Match Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Internet Initiative Japan pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Match Group does not pay a dividend. Internet Initiative Japan pays out 17.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Internet Initiative Japan has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Internet Initiative Japan has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Match Group has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Internet Initiative Japan and Match Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Internet Initiative Japan 0 0 0 0 N/A
Match Group 1 8 6 1 2.44

Match Group has a consensus target price of $52.60, suggesting a potential downside of 7.27%. Given Match Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Match Group is more favorable than Internet Initiative Japan.

Summary

Match Group beats Internet Initiative Japan on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Internet Initiative Japan

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. offers Internet connectivity, WAN, outsourcing, systems integration, and equipment sales services in Japan. It operates in two segments, Network Services and Systems Integration Business, and ATM Operation Business. The company's Internet connectivity services for enterprise include IP services and IIJ data center connectivity services, IIJ FiberAccess/F and IIJ DSL/F services, IIJ mobile services, and dial-up access services, as well as other Internet connectivity services comprising IIJ ISDN/F and IIJ line management/F services. Its Internet connectivity services for consumers consist of various service, including ADSL, fiber optic, WiMAX, 3G, and LTE wireless data communication services under the IIJmio and hi-ho brand names. The company also offers WAN services, a closed network service primarily using dedicated lines, as well as wide-area Ethernet services and IP-VPN services to corporate customers; outsourcing services that comprise security-related, network-related, server-related, data center-related, and IIJ GIO/Hosting package services for non-customizable hosting package cloud computing services; and customer support and help desk solutions, and IP phone services. In addition, it provides systems integration services, which include consulting, project planning, systems design, and development of network systems, which focus on Internet business systems, and Intranet and Extranet corporate information systems; and systems operation and maintenance services. Further, the company sells routers, iPads, and other equipment, as well as software; and provides automated teller machine (ATM) services. As of June 29, 2018, it operated 29 primary points of presence (POP) for dedicated access and 1 universal POP for nationwide dial-up access; 27 Internet data centers; and 1,096 ATMs. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

About Match Group

Match Group, Inc. provides dating products. It operates a portfolio of brands, including Tinder, Match, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, OkCupid, OurTime, and Pairs. Match Group, Inc. offers its dating products through its Websites and applications in 42 languages approximately in 190 countries. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Match Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp.

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