Critical Review: CrowdGather (CRWG) vs. Net Element (NETE)
CrowdGather (OTCMKTS:CRWG) and Net Element (NASDAQ:NETE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CrowdGather and Net Element, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
6.6% of Net Element shares are held by institutional investors. 36.4% of CrowdGather shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.0% of Net Element shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares CrowdGather and Net Element’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares CrowdGather and Net Element’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Net Element||$60.06 million||0.57||-$9.91 million||($5.04)||-1.75|
CrowdGather has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Net Element.
Volatility and Risk
CrowdGather has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Net Element has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.
CrowdGather beats Net Element on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
CrowdGather, Inc., a social networking Internet company, develops and hosts forum based Websites primarily in the United States. It monetizes a network of online forums and message boards designed to engage, provide information to, and build community around users. The company's forum community connects a network of people sharing their questions, expertise, and experiences. It also provides targeted advertising and marketing services for online customers. The company's portfolio includes approximately 350 domain names and 70 Web properties at various stages of development. CrowdGather, Inc. is headquartered in Calabasas, California.
About Net Element
Net Element, Inc. operates as a financial technology and value-added solutions company. It operates in two segments, North American Transaction Solutions, and International Transaction Solutions. The company offers a range of payment acceptance and processing services that enable merchants of various sizes to accept and process approximately 100 payment options, including credit, debit, prepaid, and alternative payments; and value-added services and technologies, such as integrated payment technologies, point-of-sale solutions (POS), security solutions, fraud management, information solutions, and analytical tools. Its services include Unified Payments, a payment acceptance solution; Unified m-POS, an easy-to-use mobile application for small and medium sized businesses (SMB); Aptito, a cloud-based POS platform for the hospitality industry and SMB merchants; Restoactive, a visual POS integration solution for restaurants; Zero Pay, a payment acceptance program for SMB merchants; PayOnline, an integrated e-commerce and mobile payments processing platform, and fraud management system; PayTravel, a payment processing solutions to the travel industry; Sales Central, a cloud-based solution to enhance responsiveness of indirect non-bank sales forces and sales efficiency; Netevia, which delivers end-to-end payment processing through easy-to-use APIs; and Digital Provider, an integrated direct-carrier and mobile operator solution for smaller content providers and merchants throughout selected international markets. It operates in North America, Russia, Europe, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company was formerly known as Net Element International, Inc. and changed its name to Net Element, Inc. in December 2013. Net Element, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in North Miami Beach, Florida.
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