Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Live Ventures to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Live Ventures and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Live Ventures $78.95 million $17.82 million 6.77
Live Ventures Competitors $1.01 billion $27.72 million 710.18

Live Ventures’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Live Ventures. Live Ventures is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Live Ventures and its competitors’ 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%
Live Ventures Competitors 2.68% 47.27% 9.75%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Live Ventures and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
Live Ventures Competitors 412 1610 2721 90 2.52

As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.10%. Given Live Ventures’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Live Ventures has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Live Ventures has a beta of -3.75, meaning that its stock price is 475% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Live Ventures’ competitors have a beta of 1.65, meaning that their average stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.3% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Live Ventures competitors beat Live Ventures on 8 of the 10 factors compared.

About Live Ventures

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.

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