Deluxe Corporation (DLX) and Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) Comparison side by side

Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX) and Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) are two firms in the Business Services that compete against each other. Below is a comparison of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Deluxe Corporation 2.00B 0.94 149.01M 3.20 13.98
Marathon Patent Group Inc. 1.18M 13.21 27.27M -2.97 0.00

Table 1 shows the gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation for Deluxe Corporation and Marathon Patent Group Inc.


Table 2 provides the return on equity, net margins and return on assets of the two firms.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Deluxe Corporation 7.45% 14.9% 6.5%
Marathon Patent Group Inc. -2,311.02% -144.8% -91.8%

Volatility & Risk

A 1.35 beta means Deluxe Corporation’s volatility is 35.00% more than S&P 500’s volatility. Marathon Patent Group Inc.’s 134.00% more volatile than S&P 500 which is a result of the 2.34 beta.


The Current Ratio of Deluxe Corporation is 1.1 while its Quick Ratio stands at 1. The Current Ratio of rival Marathon Patent Group Inc. is 2.6 and its Quick Ratio is has 2.6. Marathon Patent Group Inc. is better equipped to clear short and long-term obligations than Deluxe Corporation.


Deluxe Corporation pays out its dividends annually at $1.2 per share and 2.81% dividend yield. Marathon Patent Group Inc. does not offer a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

The next table highlights the given recommendations and ratings for Deluxe Corporation and Marathon Patent Group Inc.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Deluxe Corporation 0 1 0 2.00
Marathon Patent Group Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

Deluxe Corporation has an average target price of $50, and a 16.82% upside potential.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors held 87.6% of Deluxe Corporation shares and 3.1% of Marathon Patent Group Inc. shares. Insiders held 0.3% of Deluxe Corporation shares. Comparatively, Marathon Patent Group Inc. has 9.1% of it’s share held by insiders.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Deluxe Corporation -8.3% -4.68% -10.44% -25.51% -36.48% 16.47%
Marathon Patent Group Inc. -10.79% 82.27% -6.08% -36.09% -70.48% 71.15%

For the past year Deluxe Corporation was less bullish than Marathon Patent Group Inc.


Deluxe Corporation beats on 10 of the 13 factors Marathon Patent Group Inc.

Deluxe Corporation provides checks, forms, marketing solutions, accessories, and other products and services for small businesses and financial institutions. It operates through three segments: Small Business Services, Financial Services, and Direct Checks. The company provides checks; printed forms, such as deposit tickets, billing forms, work orders, job proposals, purchase orders, invoices, and personnel forms, as well as computer forms and check registers; and accessories and other products comprising envelopes, office supplies, stamps, and labels, as well as checkbook covers. It also offers Web services, which include logo and Web design; hosting and other Web services; search engine optimization; and marketing programs, including email, mobile, and social media, and other self-service marketing solutions. In addition, the company provides fraud protection and security, online and offline payroll services, and electronic checks; and promotional solutions, such as postcards, brochures, retail packaging supplies, apparel, greeting cards, and business cards. Further, it offers financial technology solutions to larger financial institutions, which comprise data-driven marketing solutions, including outsourced marketing campaign targeting and execution; treasury management solutions; and digital enablement solutions, including loyalty and rewards programs. It operates in the United States, Canada, Europe, and North and South America. The company was formerly known as Deluxe Check Printers, Incorporated and changed its name to Deluxe Corporation in 1988. Deluxe Corporation was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Shoreview, Minnesota.

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