Reviewing XO Group (XOXO) & Inergy (CEQP)

XO Group (NYSE: XOXO) and Inergy (NYSE:CEQP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

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XO Group has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inergy has a beta of 2.35, indicating that its stock price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares XO Group and Inergy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XO Group 3.45% 5.76% 4.82%
Inergy -6.17% -4.04% -1.62%


Inergy pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. XO Group does not pay a dividend. Inergy pays out -206.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares XO Group and Inergy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
XO Group $160.56 million 3.40 $5.53 million $0.39 54.49
Inergy $3.88 billion 0.51 -$191.90 million ($1.16) -23.88

XO Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Inergy. Inergy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than XO Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.4% of XO Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of Inergy shares are held by institutional investors. 7.0% of XO Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Inergy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for XO Group and Inergy, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XO Group 0 2 1 0 2.33
Inergy 0 1 4 0 2.80

XO Group currently has a consensus target price of $21.50, suggesting a potential upside of 1.18%. Inergy has a consensus target price of $32.25, suggesting a potential upside of 16.43%. Given Inergy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Inergy is more favorable than XO Group.


Inergy beats XO Group on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About XO Group

XO Group Inc. provides multiplatform media and marketplace services to the wedding, pregnancy and parenting, and local entertainment markets primarily in the United States. It operates a network of Websites under various brands, including The Knot, which offers wedding resources and marketplaces through wedding Website and mobile apps, national and local wedding magazines, and nationally published books; and The Bump, a pregnancy and parenting brand that provides personalized information, content, and tools for navigating the journey from fertility to pregnancy and parenting through the toddler years. The company's network of Websites also comprise GigMasters, an event marketplace for finding and booking the entertainment and vendors for birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, and others. It also offers local online advertising programs, such as online listings, digital advertisements, and direct email marketing; and national online advertising programs consisting of display advertisements, custom and brand-integrated content, direct emails, and placement in its online search tools. In addition, the company provides transaction offerings that include a registry service, which enables users to create, manage, and share various retail store registries from a single source; and retailer and local vendor offerings, such as invitations, stationery, reception decor, and personalized gifts. Further, it publishes The Knot national and regional magazines. The company was formerly known as The Knot, Inc. and changed its name to XO Group Inc. in June 2011. XO Group Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Inergy

Crestwood Equity Partners LP owns and operates energy midstream infrastructure and engages in the natural gas liquids marketing, supply and logistics business. It operates through three segments: Gathering and Processing; Storage and Transportation; and Marketing, Supply and Logistics. The Gathering and Processing segment provides gathering and transportation services and processing, treating and compression services to producers in unconventional shale plays and tight-gas plays in North Dakota, West Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The Storage and Transportation segment includes COLT Hub, which is crude-by-rail terminal serving Bakken crude oil production. The Marketing, Supply and Logistics segment includes West Coast operations, our supply and logistics operations, our storage and terminals operations, our crude oil and produced water trucking operations, and U.S. Salt, LLC. The company was founded on March 7, 2001 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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