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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Live Ventures and Shutterstock’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 $2.23 6.64
Shutterstock $494.32 million 3.02 $32.62 million $0.69 62.49

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.

Risk & Volatility

Live Ventures has a beta of -3.7, indicating that its share price is 470% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shutterstock has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Live Ventures and Shutterstock’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%
Shutterstock 4.58% 9.71% 5.50%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of Shutterstock shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

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

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

Shutterstock has a consensus target price of $38.60, suggesting a potential downside of 10.48%. Given Shutterstock’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than Live Ventures.


Shutterstock beats Live Ventures on 7 of the 12 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 and Modern Everyday, Inc. The Services Segment consists of the local exchange carrier billings business and velocity local. It operates, 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.

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.

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