Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) and Rightside Group (NASDAQ:NAME) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of Rightside Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Rightside Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Live Ventures and Rightside Group’s top-line 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 6.88
Rightside Group N/A N/A N/A ($2.09) -5.08

Live Ventures has higher revenue and earnings than Rightside Group. Rightside Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Live Ventures, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Live Ventures and Rightside Group’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%
Rightside Group -39.04% -15.14% -8.53%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Live Ventures and Rightside Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
Rightside Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Rightside Group has a consensus price target of $10.60, indicating a potential downside of 0.09%. Given Rightside Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Rightside Group is more favorable than Live Ventures.

Summary

Live Ventures beats Rightside Group on 6 of the 8 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.

Rightside Group Company Profile

Rightside Group, Ltd. is a provider of domain name services that enable businesses and consumers to find, establish and maintain their digital address. The Company is a registrar, offering domain name registration and other related services to resellers and domain name registrants. It provides infrastructure services through its eNom brand. It has over 16.5 million domain names under management. It has a portfolio of over 40 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) acquired through Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s expansion of new gTLDs. It has launched all of its gTLDs, including .NEWS, .LIVE, and .FAMILY, into general availability in the marketplace. Its registry services business builds a distribution network of over 125 ICANN accredited registrars, including GoDaddy, eNom and Name.com, as well as other complementary distribution partners, such as Website builders and e-mail service providers, that offer its gTLD domain names to businesses and consumers.

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