B. Riley Financial (NASDAQ: RILY) and comScore (OTCMKTS:SCOR) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.
B. Riley Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. comScore does not pay a dividend.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for B. Riley Financial and comScore, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|B. Riley Financial||0||0||0||0||N/A|
comScore has a consensus price target of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.34%. Given comScore’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe comScore is more favorable than B. Riley Financial.
This table compares B. Riley Financial and comScore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|B. Riley Financial||0.56%||12.71%||2.48%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares B. Riley Financial and comScore’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|B. Riley Financial||$322.18 million||1.73||$11.55 million||N/A||N/A|
|comScore||$403.54 million||2.97||-$281.39 million||N/A||N/A|
B. Riley Financial has higher earnings, but lower revenue than comScore.
Risk & Volatility
B. Riley Financial has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, comScore has a beta of 0.42, meaning that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
46.9% of B. Riley Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.9% of comScore shares are held by institutional investors. 30.9% of B. Riley Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of comScore shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
B. Riley Financial beats comScore on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About B. Riley Financial
B. Riley Financial, Inc. provides financial services and solutions in North America, Australia, and Europe. The company operates in four segments: Capital Markets, Auction and Liquidation, Valuation and Appraisal, and Principal Investments – United Online. It offers investment banking services, including merger and acquisitions, restructuring advisory, initial and secondary public offerings, and institutional private placements; and corporate finance, research, securities lending, wealth management, and sales and trading services to corporate, institutional, and high net worth clients. The company also provides retail store liquidation, and wholesale and industrial assets disposition services; valuation and appraisal services to financial institutions, lenders, private equity firms, and other providers of capital; and consumer subscription services consisting of Internet access services under the NetZero and Juno brands, as well as email, Internet security, Web hosting, and other services. In addition, it offers advisory services to private funds, and institutional and high net worth investors; multi-family office practice and wealth management services to ultra-high net worth individuals and families; and senior secured and second lien secured loans to middle market public and the private U.S. companies. The company was formerly known as Great American Group, Inc. and changed its name to B. Riley Financial, Inc. in November 2014. B. Riley Financial, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Woodland Hills, California.
comScore, Inc. operates as an information and analytics company that measures audiences, consumer behavior, and advertising across media platforms worldwide. The company offers digital audience products and services, including Media Metrix and Mobile Metrix, Video Metrix, Plan Metrix, and comScore marketing solutions, which provide person-centric insights across various devices and can capture various types of content. It also provides television (TV) and cross-platform audience products and services to measure consumer TV viewership and behavior across digital and TV platforms, such as TV Essentials, StationView Essentials, OnDemand Essentials, and Cross-Platform suite. In addition, the company offers advertising products comprising validated Campaign Essentials, Lift Models, and Activation solutions, which enable customers to execute, measure, and optimize ad campaigns and to protect the integrity of their brands. Further, it provides movies products and services to measure movie viewership and box office results by capturing movie ticket sales in real time or near real time, which include Box Office Essentials, Box Office Analytics, Swift, and Hollywood Software. The company serves local and national television broadcasters and content owners, network operators, digital content publishers and Internet technology companies, advertising agencies, movie studios, hardware device and component manufacturers, financial service companies, manufacturers and retailers of consumer products, and political campaigns and related organizations. comScore, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.
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