Head to Head Comparison: Actua Corporation (ACTA) vs. Its Competitors

Actua Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTA) is one of 195 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Actua Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Actua Corporation has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actua Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.28, meaning that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Actua Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actua Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Actua Corporation Competitors 684 4380 7119 155 2.55

Actua Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.03%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 1.84%. Given Actua Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Actua Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.7% of Actua Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.2% of Actua Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Actua Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actua Corporation $118.96 million -$22.10 million 7.19
Actua Corporation Competitors $2.14 billion $373.70 million 36.48

Actua Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Actua Corporation. Actua Corporation 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 Actua Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actua Corporation 67.78% -5.42% -4.26%
Actua Corporation Competitors -19.88% -51.20% -3.67%

Summary

Actua Corporation peers beat Actua Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Actua Corporation Company Profile

Actua Corporation, formerly ICG Group, Inc., is a multi-vertical cloud technology company. The Company operates through two segments, which include the vertical cloud segment and the vertical cloud (venture) segment. The Company’s vertical cloud-based businesses include Bolt Solutions Inc. (Bolt), Folio Dynamics Holdings Inc. (FolioDynamix), GovDelivery Holdings, Inc. (GovDelivery) and VelocityEHS Holdings, Inc. (VelocityEHS), which operate in the commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, wealth management, government communications and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) markets, respectively. The vertical cloud (venture) businesses include InstaMed Holdings, Inc. (InstaMed) and Parchment Inc. (Parchment), which operate a cloud-based healthcare payments network and an education credentials technology, respectively.

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