Head to Head Survey: Pluralsight (PS) and Line (LN)

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Pluralsight (NYSE: LN) and Line (NYSE:LN) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Pluralsight and Line, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pluralsight 0 1 6 0 2.86
Line 3 0 5 0 2.25

Pluralsight currently has a consensus price target of $35.75, suggesting a potential upside of 3.00%. Given Pluralsight’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pluralsight is more favorable than Line.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.5% of Pluralsight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.1% of Line shares are held by institutional investors. 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.

Profitability

This table compares Pluralsight and Line’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pluralsight N/A N/A N/A
Line 0.36% 0.06% 0.04%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pluralsight and Line’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pluralsight $166.82 million 28.10 -$96.53 million N/A N/A
Line $1.60 billion 6.34 $71.89 million $0.30 141.50

Line has higher revenue and earnings than Pluralsight.

Pluralsight Company Profile

Pluralsight, Inc. operates a cloud-based technology learning platform worldwide. Its learning platform offers a range of tools, including skill assessment tool, which uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to measure a user's skills, benchmark that user against others in the industry, and recommend opportunities for growth; and Course Library that include 6,700 on-demand and online courses across a range of technology subject areas, such as cloud, mobile, security, IT, and data. The company's learning platform also provides Learning Paths that are curated to take users through a set of courses designed to help them master a particular subject area based on either an assessment or a user's goals; and business analytics tools, which enable business customers to evaluate the technology skills of their teams, align learning to key business objectives, determine the usage of platform, examine trends in skill development, and quantify the impact of platform on their business. It serves individuals and business customers. Pluralsight, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Farmington, Utah.

Line Company Profile

LINE Corporation provides a platform for mobile messaging and communication services, content distribution, and related services primarily in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. The company offers LINE, a cross-platform messenger application that enable users to communicate through free instant messaging, stickers, and voice and video calls, as well as serves as a smart portal to its other applications and services. It also provides communication and content sales, and advertising services through the LINE platform; and advertising services through LINE advertising, and livedoor and NAVER Matome Web portals. The company was formerly known as NHN Japan Corporation and changed its name to LINE Corporation in April 2013. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. LINE Corporation is a subsidiary of Naver Corporation.

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