Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT) is one of 197 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Liquidity Services to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liquidity Services and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Liquidity Services $287.16 million -$24.12 million -2.29
Liquidity Services Competitors $2.10 billion $363.43 million 11.47

Liquidity Services’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Liquidity Services. Liquidity Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Liquidity Services and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liquidity Services 0 1 0 0 2.00
Liquidity Services Competitors 1010 5153 7766 221 2.51

As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 1.78%. Given Liquidity Services’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Liquidity Services has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.6% of Liquidity Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.6% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Liquidity Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.2% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Liquidity Services has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liquidity Services’ rivals have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Liquidity Services and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liquidity Services -27.52% -16.59% -10.35%
Liquidity Services Competitors -23.88% -65.18% -4.34%

Summary

Liquidity Services rivals beat Liquidity Services on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Liquidity Services Company Profile

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.

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