Contrasting Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG) & The Competition

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Acacia Research Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acacia Research Corporation 1 0 1 0 2.00
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors 621 1841 2586 62 2.41

Acacia Research Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 66.67%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.21%. Given Acacia Research Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Acacia Research Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.9% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

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

Profitability

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and its competitors’ 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 -53.40% -160.64% 0.32%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Acacia Research Corporation $111.94 million $13.80 million -6.84
Acacia Research Corporation Competitors $1.10 billion $177.95 million 22.77

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

Summary

Acacia Research Corporation competitors 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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