Financial Review: Live Ventures (LIVE) vs. The Competition

Live Ventures (NASDAQ: LIVE) is one of 52 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Live Ventures to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.1% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 20.1% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Live Ventures and its rivals’ 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 -0.25% 34.95% 6.16%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Live Ventures and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Live Ventures $78.95 million $17.82 million 6.39
Live Ventures Competitors $1.03 billion $121.10 million 561.22

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Live Ventures and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
Live Ventures Competitors 408 1605 2705 89 2.51

As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 6.39%. Given Live Ventures’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Live Ventures has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Live Ventures has a beta of -3.75, meaning that its share price is 475% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Live Ventures’ rivals have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Live Ventures rivals beat Live Ventures on 7 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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