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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Shutterstock and Tucows’ top-line revenue, earnings per share 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
Tucows $189.82 million 3.53 $16.06 million $1.30 48.77

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

Risk and Volatility

Shutterstock has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tucows has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Shutterstock presently has a consensus price target of $38.60, indicating a potential downside of 9.16%. Given Shutterstock’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than Tucows.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shutterstock 4.58% 9.71% 5.50%
Tucows 4.85% 35.17% 5.02%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.9% of Shutterstock shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.7% of Tucows shares are owned by institutional investors. 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of Tucows shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Shutterstock beats Tucows on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Tucows

Tucows Inc. is engaged in providing Internet services. The Company’s segments include Network Access Services and Domain Services. The Network Access Services segment includes mobile, fixed high-speed Internet access services, Internet hosting and network consulting services. The Domain Services segment wholesale and retail domain name registration services, value added services and portfolio services. The Company focuses on serving the needs of this network of resellers by providing services, interfaces, proactive and attentive customer service, reseller-oriented technology and agile design and development processes. The Company focuses its service offerings under brands, including OpenSRS, YummyNames, Platypus, Hover and Ting. As of December 31, 2016, the OpenSRS Domain Service managed 15 million domain names under the Tucows ICANN registrar accreditation and for other registrars. As of December 31, 2016, Ting managed mobile telephony services for approximately 151,000 subscribers.

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