CoStar Group (CSGP) and The Competition Financial Contrast

CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) is one of 51 publicly-traded companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare CoStar Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.


This table compares CoStar Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CoStar Group 11.63% 7.63% 5.86%
CoStar Group Competitors -0.63% 34.96% 5.87%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for CoStar Group and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 7 0 3.00
CoStar Group Competitors 408 1599 2659 89 2.51

CoStar Group presently has a consensus target price of $335.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.92%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 4.43%. Given CoStar Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.9% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.5% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

CoStar Group has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CoStar Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CoStar Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $837.63 million $85.07 million 89.63
CoStar Group Competitors $1.03 billion $121.10 million 497.86

CoStar Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than CoStar Group. CoStar Group 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.


CoStar Group competitors beat CoStar Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About CoStar Group

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet,, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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