Comparing Shutterstock (SSTK) and Live Ventures (LIVE)

Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK) and Live Ventures (NASDAQ:LIVE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.9% of Shutterstock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Shutterstock and Live Ventures’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shutterstock 4.58% 9.71% 5.50%
Live Ventures 6.46% 29.02% 8.04%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Shutterstock and Live Ventures, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shutterstock 1 4 0 0 1.80
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A

Shutterstock currently has a consensus price target of $38.60, indicating a potential downside of 9.16%. Given Shutterstock’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than Live Ventures.

Risk & Volatility

Shutterstock has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Live Ventures has a beta of -3.75, meaning that its share price is 475% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Shutterstock and Live Ventures’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Shutterstock $494.32 million 2.98 $32.62 million $0.69 61.58
Live Ventures $78.95 million 0.37 $17.82 million $2.23 6.54

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

Summary

Shutterstock beats Live Ventures on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Shutterstock Company Profile

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.

Live Ventures Company Profile

Live Ventures Incorporated is a holding company for diversified businesses. The Company’s segments include Manufacturing Segment, Marketplace Platform Segment and Services Segment. The Manufacturing Segment consists of Marquis Industries, Inc. The Marketplace Platform segment consists of livedeal.com and Modern Everyday, Inc. The Services Segment consists of the local exchange carrier billings business and velocity local. It operates LiveDeal.com, a real-time deal engine that connects restaurants across the United States and consumers through an online mobile platform. It is focused on the residential, commercial and hospitality end-markets. As of September 30, 2016, the Company operated its business through 13 divisions, each specializing in a distinct area of the business, such as Best Buy flooring Source, Marquis Carpet, Best Buy Hard surface, A-O Industries, Quantum Textiles and B and H Tufters.

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