Financial Survey: Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ:LIOX) vs. Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG)

Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ: LIOX) and Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Lionbridge Technologies and Acacia Research Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lionbridge Technologies 0 2 1 0 2.33
Acacia Research Corporation 1 0 1 0 2.00

Lionbridge Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $6.38, indicating a potential upside of 10.87%. Acacia Research Corporation has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 120.34%. Given Acacia Research Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Acacia Research Corporation is more favorable than Lionbridge Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lionbridge Technologies and Acacia Research Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lionbridge Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.18 31.94
Acacia Research Corporation $111.94 million 1.33 $13.80 million ($0.57) -5.18

Acacia Research Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Lionbridge Technologies. Acacia Research Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lionbridge Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Lionbridge Technologies has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acacia Research Corporation has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.3% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 11.4% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Lionbridge Technologies and Acacia Research Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lionbridge Technologies 1.97% 12.05% 3.60%
Acacia Research Corporation -25.64% -1.06% -0.95%

Summary

Lionbridge Technologies beats Acacia Research Corporation on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lionbridge Technologies Company Profile

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides translation, online marketing, global content management and application testing solutions. The Company enables more than 800 brands to manage international market share and engage their customers in local markets across the world. It offers various solutions, such as Language Translation Services, Global Marketing Services, Website Translation and Localization, Engineering, Technical Publications and Training, Testing Services and Translation Technology. Its portfolio of language translation services includes Website Translation, Software Localization, Real-Time Translation for Chat and Forums, and Interpreter Services. Its Data Management Services allow companies to manage unprocessed data from multiple languages. Its Crowd translation of user-generated content (blogs, messages, surveys, reviews) allows clients to repurpose pieces of consumer advocacy for a new target language.

Acacia Research Corporation Company Profile

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. The Company’s operating subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, applying their legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. The Company’s operating subsidiaries assist patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios, the protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use, the generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies and, where necessary, with the enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own or control the rights to multiple patent portfolios, which include the United States patents and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a range of industries.

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