FTD Companies (NASDAQ: FTD) and United Online (NASDAQ:UNTD) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for FTD Companies and United Online, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
FTD Companies presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.17%. Given FTD Companies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe FTD Companies is more favorable than United Online.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares FTD Companies and United Online’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
FTD Companies has higher revenue and earnings than United Online.
Risk and Volatility
FTD Companies has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Online has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
59.7% of FTD Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of FTD Companies 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.
This table compares FTD Companies and United Online’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
FTD Companies beats United Online on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About FTD Companies
FTD Companies, Inc. (FTD) is a floral and gifting company. The Company operates through four segments: Consumer, Florist, International and Provide Commerce. Through its Consumer segment, FTD is a direct marketer of floral and gift products for consumers, primarily in the United States and Canada. Through its Florist segment, the Company is a provider of products and services to its floral network members, which include traditional retail florists and other non-florist retail locations, primarily in the United States and Canada. Its International segment consists of Interflora, which operates primarily in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Through its Provide Commerce segment, FTD is a direct marketer of floral and gift products, including specialty foods, personalized gifts and other gifting products for consumers, primarily in the United States. Its portfolio of brands includes ProFlowers, ProPlants, Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct, Ink Cards, Postagram, and Gifts.com.
About United Online
United Online, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides consumer services and products over the Internet under various brands, including NetZero, Juno, Trombi and MyPoints. The Company operates in three segments: Communications; Commerce & Loyalty, and Social Media. The Communications segment provides Internet access services and devices, including dial-up, mobile broadband, digital subscriber line (DSL), e-mail, Internet security, Web hosting, and voice services. The Commerce & Loyalty segment includes loyalty marketing service, shopping through online portals, applications and browser extensions. The Social Media segment includes social networking services and products. Its dial-up Internet access services are available in over 12,000 cities across the United States and Canada. It operates over five international Websites that offer social networking services, as a social networking platform to reconnect with friends and acquaintances from high school.