Head-To-Head Survey: Digital Turbine (NASDAQ:APPS) vs. Marathon Patent Group (MARA)

Digital Turbine (NASDAQ: APPS) and Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Digital Turbine and Marathon Patent Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Digital Turbine $91.55 million 1.24 -$24.26 million ($0.36) -4.19
Marathon Patent Group $510,000.00 48.83 -$31.33 million N/A N/A

Digital Turbine has higher revenue and earnings than Marathon Patent Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Digital Turbine and Marathon Patent Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Digital Turbine 0 0 3 0 3.00
Marathon Patent Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Digital Turbine presently has a consensus target price of $1.93, indicating a potential upside of 28.04%. Given Digital Turbine’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Digital Turbine is more favorable than Marathon Patent Group.

Profitability

This table compares Digital Turbine and Marathon Patent Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Digital Turbine -18.66% -22.65% -11.95%
Marathon Patent Group -4,941.55% N/A -193.97%

Risk & Volatility

Digital Turbine has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

34.4% of Digital Turbine shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.7% of Marathon Patent Group shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Digital Turbine shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Marathon Patent Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Digital Turbine beats Marathon Patent Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Digital Turbine

Digital Turbine, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides media and mobile communication solutions for mobile operators, app advertisers, device original equipment manufacturers, and other third parties worldwide. It operates through two segments, Advertising and Content. The Advertising segment offers Ignite, a mobile application management software to control, manage, and monetize the applications that are installed on mobile devices; Discover software, which provides application installation and management, as well as detailed reporting to advertisers and carriers; and mobile user acquisition platform that allows mobile advertisers to engage with right customers for their applications. This segment also provides syndicated network service, which accesses mobile ad inventory through publishers, including direct developer relationships, mobile Websites, mobile carriers, and mediated relationships; and programmatic advertising services. The Content segment offers Marketplace, an application and content store that manages the retailing of mobile content, including features, such as merchandising, product placements, reporting, pricing, promotions, and distribution of digital goods, as well as the distribution and licensing of content across various categories comprising music, applications, wallpapers, eBooks, and games; and Pay, an application programming interface that integrates billing infrastructure between mobile operators and content publishers to facilitate mobile commerce. The company was formerly known as Mandalay Digital Group, Inc. and changed its name to Digital Turbine, Inc. in January 2015. Digital Turbine, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

About Marathon Patent Group

Marathon Patent Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, acquires and monetizes patents primarily in the United States. The company is involved in the acquisition of patents and patent rights from their owners ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies; and monetization of its patents and patent rights by entering into license discussions. As of September 30, 2017, it owned 170 patents. The company was formerly known as American Strategic Minerals Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Patent Group, Inc. in February 2013. Marathon Patent Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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