Critical Survey: CoStar Group (CSGP) & Live Ventures (LIVE)

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CoStar Group and Live Ventures, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CoStar Group 0 0 7 0 3.00
Live Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A

CoStar Group presently has a consensus target price of $335.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.25%. Given CoStar Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CoStar Group is more favorable than Live Ventures.

Volatility & Risk

CoStar Group has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Live Ventures has a beta of -3.7, indicating that its share price is 470% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CoStar Group and Live Ventures’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CoStar Group $837.63 million 12.65 $85.07 million $3.31 88.58
Live Ventures $78.95 million 0.38 $17.82 million $2.17 6.85

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.9% of CoStar Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of CoStar Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 64.9% of Live Ventures shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CoStar Group and Live Ventures’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CoStar Group 11.63% 7.63% 5.86%
Live Ventures 6.46% 29.02% 8.04%

Summary

CoStar Group beats Live Ventures on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CoStar Group

CoStar Group, Inc. (CoStar) is a provider of information, analytics and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate and related business community through its database of commercial real estate information covering the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada, Spain, Germany and France. The Company provides online marketplaces for commercial real estate, apartment rentals, lands for sale and businesses for sale. It manages its business geographically in two segments: North America, which includes the United States and Canada, and International, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France. Its suite of information, analytics and online marketplaces is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are primarily derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. It has five brands: CoStar, LoopNet, Apartments.com, BizBuySell and LandsofAmerica.

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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