PFSweb (NASDAQ: LLNW) and Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PFSweb and Limelight Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PFSweb $326.83 million 0.49 -$3.96 million $0.20 41.85
Limelight Networks $184.36 million 2.68 -$7.63 million ($0.02) -219.00

PFSweb has higher revenue and earnings than Limelight Networks. Limelight Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PFSweb, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

PFSweb has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Limelight Networks has a beta of 2.32, meaning that its stock price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.5% of PFSweb shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.1% of Limelight Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of PFSweb shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of Limelight Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares PFSweb and Limelight Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PFSweb 0.65% 14.43% 3.50%
Limelight Networks 6.43% 1.99% 1.50%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for PFSweb and Limelight Networks, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PFSweb 0 1 5 0 2.83
Limelight Networks 0 0 4 0 3.00

PFSweb presently has a consensus target price of $10.60, suggesting a potential upside of 26.64%. Limelight Networks has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 36.99%. Given Limelight Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Limelight Networks is more favorable than PFSweb.

PFSweb Company Profile

PFSweb, Inc. provides omni-channel commerce solutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, and India. It operates through two segments, PFSweb, and Business and Retail Connect. The company offers strategic commerce consulting services, including commerce strategy, omni-channel consulting, digital opportunity audit, organizational/operational readiness, and platform evaluation/selection services; and strategy, design, and digital marketing services, such as digital strategy, design, user experience, interactive development, SEO and paid search, affiliate marketing, conversion optimization, storefront management, email marketing, and digital analytics. It also provides technology services comprising commerce platform development, managed, quality assurance, and training services; order fulfillment services, including distribution facilities and infrastructure, facility operations and management, and kitting and assembly services; and order management services, such as technology collaboration and information management services. In addition, the company offers customer care services comprising customer service application, customer assistance, quality monitoring, and customer self-help; and financial services consisting of business-to-business and direct-to-consumer financial management services. The company serves clients in various industries, such as fashion apparel and accessories, fragrance and beauty products, consumer packaged goods, home furnishings and housewares, coins and collectibles, and technology products. PFSweb, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Allen, Texas.

Limelight Networks Company Profile

Limelight Networks, Inc. provides content delivery and related services and solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers services and solutions for businesses to deliver their digital content across Internet, mobile, and social channels. It provides Orchestrate Platform, a suite of integrated services comprising content delivery, video content management, Website and Web application acceleration, Website and content security, and cloud storage services. The company also offers professional services and other infrastructure services, such as transit and rack space services. It serves media companies operating in the television, music, radio, newspaper, magazine, movie, game, software, and social media industries, as well as enterprises, technology companies, and government entities conducting business online. Limelight Networks, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

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