Analyzing Yahoo! (AABA) & Its Rivals

Yahoo! (NASDAQ: AABA) is one of 589 public companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Yahoo! to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Yahoo! has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yahoo!’s rivals have a beta of 0.56, suggesting that their average share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Yahoo! and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Yahoo! $5.17 billion -$214.32 million -3,525.74
Yahoo! Competitors $238.79 million $43.51 million 144.05

Yahoo! has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Yahoo! is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Yahoo! and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yahoo! -0.29% 0.77% 0.50%
Yahoo! Competitors -35.01% 6.74% 5.24%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.0% of Yahoo! shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.8% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by institutional investors. 24.0% of Yahoo! shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Yahoo! and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yahoo! 0 12 7 0 2.37
Yahoo! Competitors 232 1567 1924 31 2.47

Yahoo! currently has a consensus target price of $51.69, suggesting a potential downside of 26.74%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 92.31%. Given Yahoo!’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Yahoo! has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Yahoo! rivals beat Yahoo! on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Yahoo!

Altaba Inc. (the Fund), formerly Yahoo! Inc., is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund seeks to track the combined investment return of the Alibaba Shares and the Yahoo Japan Shares it owns. Alibaba Shares represent an approximate 15% equity interest in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (Alibaba), and its Yahoo Japan Corporation ((Yahoo Japa) Shares represent an approximate 36% equity interest in Yahoo Japan. In addition to the Alibaba Shares and the Yahoo Japan Shares, the Fund also owns the minority investments, all of the equity interests in Excalibur IP, LLC (which owns the Excalibur IP Assets) and the marketable debt securities portfolio. The Fund’s external investment advisors are BlackRock Advisors, LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.

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