YY (NASDAQ: YY) and Shutterstock (NYSE:SSTK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.7% of YY shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of Shutterstock shares are owned by institutional investors. 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares YY and Shutterstock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YY 22.08% 39.07% 22.15%
Shutterstock 5.59% 11.08% 6.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for YY and Shutterstock, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YY 1 5 9 0 2.53
Shutterstock 1 6 0 0 1.86

YY presently has a consensus price target of $70.21, indicating a potential downside of 8.47%. Shutterstock has a consensus price target of $38.40, indicating a potential upside of 12.41%. Given Shutterstock’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than YY.

Volatility and Risk

YY has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shutterstock has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares YY and Shutterstock’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YY $1.43 billion 3.01 $369.82 million $5.24 14.64
Shutterstock $517.47 million 2.29 $57.99 million $0.81 42.17

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

Summary

YY beats Shutterstock on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About YY

YY Inc. (YY) is a social platform that engages users in real-time online group activities through voice, video and text on personal computers and mobile devices. The Company’s segments include YY IVAS and others, Huya broadcasting, and 100 Education. YY enables users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a range of online activities, including music shows, online games, dating shows, live game broadcasting and e-learning. YY offers users an entertainment experience through its social community. It owns the domain names of YY.com, Duowan.com, 100.com, Huya.com, Edu24ol.com and Zhiniu8.com. The Company’s YY platform, including YY.com, is jointly operated by personnel from Guangzhou Huaduo and Zhuhai Duowan. Its product, YY Client, enables users to engage in live interactions online. Its Web-based YY enables users to conduct real-time interactions through Web browsers without requiring any downloads or installations.

About Shutterstock

Shutterstock, Inc. (Shutterstock) is a global technology company that operates a two-sided marketplace for professionals to license content. The Company’s library of content includes digital imagery, which consists of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and video clips that customers use in their visual communications, such as Websites, digital and print marketing materials, corporate communications, books, publications and video content, and commercial music, which consists of music tracks and sound effects and which is often used to complement digital imagery. It also offers digital asset management services through its cloud-based digital asset management platform (webdam). Its global marketplace brings together users and contributors of content by providing a collection of content its customers can pay to license and incorporate into their work and by compensating contributors as their content is licensed to customers.

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