Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT) and Infoblox (NYSE:BLOX) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Liquidity Services and Infoblox’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liquidity Services $306.83 million 0.66 -$15.69 million ($2.28) -2.81
Infoblox N/A N/A N/A ($0.25) -105.80

Infoblox has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Liquidity Services. Infoblox is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liquidity Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Liquidity Services has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Infoblox has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Liquidity Services and Infoblox, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liquidity Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Infoblox 1 7 1 0 2.00

Infoblox has a consensus target price of $19.67, indicating a potential downside of 25.65%. Given Infoblox’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Infoblox is more favorable than Liquidity Services.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.9% of Liquidity Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Infoblox shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.3% of Liquidity Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Infoblox shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Liquidity Services and Infoblox’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liquidity Services -22.99% -10.82% -7.10%
Infoblox -11.94% -17.84% -9.05%

Summary

Infoblox beats Liquidity Services on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liquidity Services

Liquidity Services, Inc. operates a network of e-commerce marketplaces that enable buyers and sellers to transact in an automated environment. The Company employs e-commerce marketplace solutions to manage, value and sell inventory and equipment for business and government clients. The Company’s marketplaces provide professional buyers access to a global supply of new, surplus and scrap assets presented with digital images and other relevant product information. Additionally, the Company enables its corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on assets offered for sale by providing a liquid marketplace and value-added services. The Company’s range of services include program management, valuation, asset management, reconciliation, Return to Vendor and Returns Management Authorization (RTV and RMA), refurbishment and recycling, fulfillment, marketing and sales, warehousing and transportation, buyer customer support, and compliance and risk mitigation.

About Infoblox

Infoblox Inc. (Infoblox) is a United States-based company, which delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government and service provider customers across the world. The Company’s products include core network services, such as domain name system (DNS), dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), Internet protocol address manager (IPAM) data documentation initiative (DDI); Private Cloud/Virtualization; Public/Hybrid Cloud; Reporting and Analytics, and Network Insight. Its products also include DNS, such as DNS Firewall, Advanced DNS Protection, Threat Insight and Active Trust, and network automation, such as NetMRI. Its solutions include information technology (IT) compliance and digital economy. It offers solutions for Microsoft and Infoblox, Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) readiness and cybersecurity ecosystem. It supports offerings, such as Infoblox BloxCare Premium and Elite Maintenance programs, as well as its optional Technical Account Manager service.

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