MeetMe (NASDAQ: MEET) and IZEA (NASDAQ:IZEA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.4% of MeetMe shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.9% of IZEA shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of MeetMe shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 25.5% of IZEA shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for MeetMe and IZEA, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MeetMe 0 0 4 0 3.00
IZEA 0 0 1 0 3.00

MeetMe presently has a consensus target price of $9.25, suggesting a potential upside of 83.17%. Given MeetMe’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe MeetMe is more favorable than IZEA.

Profitability

This table compares MeetMe and IZEA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MeetMe 53.53% 13.16% 12.44%
IZEA -27.41% -80.14% -43.86%

Risk and Volatility

MeetMe has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IZEA has a beta of -1.29, indicating that its stock price is 229% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MeetMe $82.86 million 4.24 $26.44 million $0.78 6.47
IZEA N/A N/A N/A ($1.41) -1.35

MeetMe has higher revenue and earnings than IZEA. IZEA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MeetMe, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

MeetMe beats IZEA on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

MeetMe Company Profile

The Meet Group, Inc., formerly MeetMe, Inc., offers a portfolio of mobile applications. The Company operates location-based social networks for meeting new people on mobile platforms, including on iPhone, Android, iPad and other tablets, and on the Web that facilitate interactions among users, and helps users to connect and chat with each other. The Company offers online marketing capabilities, which enable marketers to display their advertisements in different formats and in different locations. The Company holds interest in Skout, Inc. (Skout), which serves as a global mobile network for meeting new people. The Company’s social networking products include Chat, Profile and Friends. Its social discovery products facilitate interactions among members. The Company’s social discovery products include Meet, Discuss and Buzz, and Interested. The Company’s products also include Social Theater.

IZEA Company Profile

IZEA, Inc. (IZEA) operates online marketplaces that facilitate transactions between brands and influential content creators. These creators produce and distribute text, videos and photos on behalf of brands through Websites, blogs and social media channels. Its technology enables transactions to be completed at scale through the management of content workflow, creator search and targeting, bidding, analytics and payment processing. Brands and Publishers engage IZEA in order to gain access to its technology and network of creators. These companies use its technology for various purposes, such as the engagement of online influencers for sponsored social campaigns, or the creation of standalone content for distribution through their owned channels. The Company provides services to customers in multiple industry segments, including consumer products, retail/eTail, technology and travel. Its platforms include IZEA.com and The IZEA Exchange (IZEAx), and Ebyline.

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