Financial Contrast: 58.com (WUBA) against Chinanet Online (CNET)

Financial Contrast: 58.com (WUBA) against Chinanet Online (CNET)

58.com (NYSE:WUBA) and Chinanet Online (NASDAQ:CNET) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares 58.com and Chinanet Online’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for 58.com and Chinanet Online, as provided by MarketBeat.

58.com currently has a consensus price target of $77.25, indicating a potential upside of 15.18%. Given 58.com’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe 58.com is more favorable than Chinanet Online.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.0% of 58.com shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of Chinanet Online shares are held by institutional investors. 11.9% of 58.com shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 35.8% of Chinanet Online shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares 58.com and Chinanet Online’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

58.com has higher revenue and earnings than Chinanet Online.

Risk & Volatility

58.com has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chinanet Online has a beta of 2.09, suggesting that its stock price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

58.com beats Chinanet Online on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

58.com Company Profile

58.com Inc. operates online classifieds and listing platforms that enable local businesses and consumers to connect, share information, and conduct business in the People's Republic of China. It operates multi-content category online classified platforms primarily under the 58 and Ganji names; and Anjuke, an online real estate listing platform. The company's platform provides various content categories, including jobs, real estate, used goods, automotive, yellow pages, and other local services categories. It offers membership services, such as merchant certification and listing benefits, as well as display of online storefronts; and online marketing services comprising real-time bidding, priority listing, various other lead-generation services, and display advertising. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Chinanet Online Company Profile

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates an integrated service platform that provides advertising and marketing services in the People's Republic of China. Its platform comprises CloundX, an omni-channel advertising and marketing system; and a data analysis management system. The company offers Internet advertising, precision marketing, and related data and value added services through its Internet advertising portals, including 28.com; and liansuo.com. It also produces and distributes television shows comprising advertisements. The company serves customers in the food and beverage, women accessories, footwear, apparel and garments, home goods and construction materials, environmental protection equipment, cosmetic and health care, education network, and other industries. ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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