Head-To-Head Contrast: CoStar Group (CSGP) versus The Competition

CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) is one of 52 publicly-traded companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare CoStar Group to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.8% of CoStar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.1% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of CoStar Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.1% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CoStar Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 7 0 3.00
CoStar Group Competitors 408 1605 2706 89 2.51

CoStar Group presently has a consensus target price of $335.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.01%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 6.17%. Given CoStar Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than its peers.


This table compares CoStar Group and its peers’ 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 -0.25% 34.95% 6.16%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CoStar Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $837.63 million $85.07 million 89.56
CoStar Group Competitors $1.03 billion $121.10 million 550.79

CoStar Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than CoStar Group. CoStar Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

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


CoStar Group peers 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, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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