Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) and CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Live Ventures and CoStar Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
CoStar Group 0 0 7 0 3.00

CoStar Group has a consensus price target of $335.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.92%. Given CoStar Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than Live Ventures.

Risk & Volatility

Live Ventures has a beta of -3.72, suggesting that its share price is 472% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CoStar Group has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Live Ventures and CoStar Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Live Ventures 6.46% 29.02% 8.04%
CoStar Group 11.63% 7.63% 5.86%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.9% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of CoStar Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Live Ventures and CoStar Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Live Ventures $78.95 million 0.38 $17.82 million $2.17 6.90
CoStar Group $837.63 million 13.03 $85.07 million $3.31 91.24

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

Summary

CoStar Group beats Live Ventures on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

CoStar Group Company Profile

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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