Financial Analysis: Yandex (YNDX) versus Its Rivals

Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX) is one of 44 public companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Yandex to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Yandex and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Yandex $1.63 billion $152.40 million 42.05
Yandex Competitors $6.96 billion $964.57 million 39.08

Yandex’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Yandex. Yandex is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.6% of Yandex shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.3% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies 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.

Risk & Volatility

Yandex has a beta of 2.66, suggesting that its stock price is 166% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yandex’s competitors have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yandex 9.32% 17.70% 11.66%
Yandex Competitors -16.11% -45.92% -1.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Yandex and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yandex 1 1 6 0 2.63
Yandex Competitors 506 1907 4623 229 2.63

Yandex presently has a consensus target price of $39.69, indicating a potential upside of 16.52%. As a group, “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies have a potential upside of 7.49%. Given Yandex’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Yandex is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Yandex beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Yandex

Yandex N.V. operates an Internet search engine in Russia and internationally. The company offers search, location-based, personalized, and mobile services that enable users to find information, and communicate and connect over the Internet from desktops and mobile devices. It provides maps and location-based services, such as Yandex.Maps, Yandex.Navigator, and Yandex.Transport; Yandex.Mail that provides users access to their email accounts; Yandex.Disk, a cloud-based storage service; Yandex.News, an online news aggregation service; Yandex.Weather, a service that offers hyperlocal weather information; and Yandex Browser for desktops and mobile platforms. The company also provides Yandex.Direct, an auction-based advertising placement platform; Yandex Ad Network service; Yandex RTB, a programmatic advertising product; mobile advertising products; Yandex.Spravochnik, a business directory; and Yandex.Market, an e-commerce gateway service. In addition, it offers Yandex.Taxi, an on-demand transportation service; Auto.ru, a classified platform for used and new cars, other private and commercial vehicles, and spare parts; Yandex.Realty, a real estate classifieds service; Yandex.Jobs, a job search Website; and Yandex.Travel, a service that allow users to search for a vacation. Further, it offers KinoPoisk, a Russian language Website for movies, TV series, and celebrity content; Yandex.Music, a music streaming service; Yandex.Afisha platform that allow users to buy tickets to cinemas, theaters, and concerts online; and Yandex.TV Program, a service providing users with an up to date schedule of broadcast, cable and digital TV channels, as well as an option to view certain TV channels online. Additionally, it offers Yandex Zen, which scours the Web for content; and Yandex Launcher that allows users to grouping applications on their smartphone into various categories. Yandex N.V. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Moscow, Russia.

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