Financial Analysis: TheStreet (TST) and Its Peers

TheStreet (NASDAQ: TST) is one of 27 public companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare TheStreet to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.8% of TheStreet shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.7% of TheStreet shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

TheStreet has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TheStreet’s peers have a beta of 0.99, meaning that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TheStreet and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
TheStreet $62.38 million $19,389.00 -2.71
TheStreet Competitors $3.38 billion $990.45 million 16.67

TheStreet’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than TheStreet. TheStreet 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.

Profitability

This table compares TheStreet and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TheStreet -21.87% -1.30% -0.71%
TheStreet Competitors 7.26% 27.29% 5.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for TheStreet and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TheStreet 0 0 2 0 3.00
TheStreet Competitors 141 626 723 13 2.40

TheStreet currently has a consensus target price of $2.05, suggesting a potential upside of 99.03%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.90%. Given TheStreet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe TheStreet is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

TheStreet peers beat TheStreet on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About TheStreet

TheStreet, Inc. (TheStreet) is a digital financial media company focused on the financial, and mergers and acquisitions environment. The Company’s collection of digital services provides users, subscribers and advertisers with a range of content and tools through a range of online, social media, tablet and mobile channels. With a suite of digital services, TheStreet offers the tools and insights needed to make informed decisions about earning, investing, saving and spending money. TheStreet provides interactive multimedia coverage of the financial markets, economy, industry trends, investment and financial planning. Its subscription products are designed to address the needs of investors with various areas of interest, including fledgling investors, day and swing traders, and fundamental, technical and options traders. Its RateWatch business publishes bank rate market information on a subscription basis to financial institutions and government agencies.

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