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August 8, 2016 Stock Pick ► Match Group, Inc. (MTCH)

Stock Price: $16.25

Match Group, Inc. provides dating products under the brands of Match, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, Tinder, Meetic, Twoo, OurTime, BlackPeopleMeet, and FriendScout24.

Match has some of the biggest brands on the App Store and Google Play store. The company can pretty much be seen as a social network company, and additionally mobile-centric. MTCH trades at a market cap of $3.9 billion.

The company has grown revenue from $803 million in 2013 to $888 million in 2014 and last year to over $1 billion in sales. Profit last year came in at $120 million. Last quarter, revenue for MTCH came in at $285 million with profit of $7.15 million. MTCH trades at a PE of 34.21 currently. As of last quarter, MTCH had approx. $147 million in cash, cash equivalents and short term investments on the balance sheet.

MTCH is not far from its 52-week high of $17.00. MTCH is a subsidiary of $5 billion IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC). MTCH has much more current debt than say Mini-Match MeetMe, Inc., see MEET stock pick, but Match Group is #1 and best of breed in its niche, more than deserving of its valuation with room to grow in the hot social network and mobile space.

As of 2015, the Match Group portfolio had over 59 million monthly active users and $4.7 million of those were paying users, quite impressive.

Speculative Score: 3

1 Being the Least Speculative and Most Confident

10 Being the Most Speculative and Possibly the Most Risky

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