Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) and Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Live Ventures and Angie’s List’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%
Angie’s List -17.04% -25.20% -14.67%

Risk & Volatility

Live Ventures has a beta of -3.72, meaning that its share price is 472% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Angie’s List has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of Angie’s List shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.2% of Angie’s List shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Live Ventures and Angie’s List, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
Angie’s List 1 4 5 0 2.40

Angie’s List has a consensus target price of $11.91, indicating a potential upside of 3.44%. Given Angie’s List’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Angie’s List is more favorable than Live Ventures.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Live Ventures and Angie’s List’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
Angie’s List $323.33 million 2.23 -$7.85 million ($0.12) -95.91

Live Ventures has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Angie’s List. Angie’s List is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Live Ventures, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of 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.

Angie’s List Company Profile

ANGI Homeservices Inc. is focused on creating digital marketplace for home services, connecting homeowners across the globe with home service professionals. The Company operates 10 brands including Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, HomeStars, Instapro, MyBuilder, MyHammer, Travaux, Werkspot, CraftJack and mHelpDesk. The Company’s brand portfolio provides homeowners with tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. Angie’s List is America’s online review platform and provides services ranging from home repair, maintenance and improvement to auto service and health care. HomeAdvisor is the operator of the home services marketplace across the globe. HomeStars is online platform connecting homeowners with home renovators, repairmen and retailers throughout Canada. Instapro is Italy’s home services network connecting homeowners with service professionals for home renovation projects.

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