Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) and Trivago N.V. ADS (NASDAQ:TRVG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.2% of Trivago N.V. ADS shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures 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 Trivago N.V. ADS, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
Trivago N.V. ADS 1 8 1 0 2.00

Trivago N.V. ADS has a consensus target price of $14.90, indicating a potential upside of 124.40%. Given Trivago N.V. ADS’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Trivago N.V. ADS is more favorable than Live Ventures.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Live Ventures and Trivago N.V. ADS’s 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
Trivago N.V. ADS $834.68 million 2.79 -$56.08 million N/A N/A

Live Ventures has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Trivago N.V. ADS.

Profitability

This table compares Live Ventures and Trivago N.V. ADS’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%
Trivago N.V. ADS N/A N/A N/A

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.

Trivago N.V. ADS Company Profile

Trivago NV is a company based in the Netherlands that operates an online hotel search platform. The platform allows users to search for, compare and book hotels. It gathers information from various third parties’ platforms and provides information about the hotel, pictures, ratings, reviews and filters, such as price, location and extra options. The Company offers access to approximately 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries via more than 50 localized websites and applications in various languages. The Company also offers marketing tools and services to hotels and hotel chains, as well as to online travel agencies and advertisers, among others. Its principal executive offices are located in Germany.

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