Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) and Yelp (NYSE:YELP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Live Ventures and Yelp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Live Ventures||$131.12 million||0.20||$18.31 million||$2.17||6.00|
|Yelp||$787.22 million||4.72||$43.09 million||$0.15||302.67|
Yelp has higher revenue and earnings than Live Ventures. Live Ventures is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Yelp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
Live Ventures has a beta of -3.43, suggesting that its share price is 443% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yelp has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Live Ventures and Yelp, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Yelp has a consensus target price of $41.13, suggesting a potential downside of 9.40%. Given Yelp’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Yelp is more favorable than Live Ventures.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
5.6% of Live Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.6% of Yelp shares are held by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.1% of Yelp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Live Ventures and Yelp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Yelp beats Live Ventures on 8 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.
Yelp Company Profile
Yelp Inc. (Yelp) connects people with local businesses by bringing ‘word of mouth’ online and providing a platform for businesses and consumers to engage and transact. The Company offers local business review sites. Yelp provides a platform for consumers to share their everyday local business experiences with other consumers by posting reviews, tips, photos and videos, and to engage directly with businesses, through reviews, its Request-A-Quote and Message the Business features, and by completing transactions on the Yelp Platform. Yelp also provides businesses of all sizes with a range of free and paid services that help them engage with consumers. The Yelp Platform allows consumers to transact with local businesses directly on Yelp through Yelp Eat24, the food ordering and delivery business; Yelp Reservations, its online reservations product, and integrations with partners ranging from Shoptiques.com (boutique shopping) to GolfNow (tee time booking) to BloomNation (flower ordering).
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