Comparing SpendSmart Networks (SSPC) and Ulta Beauty (ULTA)

SpendSmart Networks (OTCMKTS:SSPC) and Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.5% of Ulta Beauty shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.5% of SpendSmart Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Ulta Beauty shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for SpendSmart Networks and Ulta Beauty, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SpendSmart Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ulta Beauty 0 6 19 0 2.76

Ulta Beauty has a consensus price target of $289.91, suggesting a potential upside of 3.08%. Given Ulta Beauty’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ulta Beauty is more favorable than SpendSmart Networks.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SpendSmart Networks and Ulta Beauty’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SpendSmart Networks $5.79 million 0.04 -$3.32 million N/A N/A
Ulta Beauty $5.88 billion 2.83 $555.23 million $8.16 34.47

Ulta Beauty has higher revenue and earnings than SpendSmart Networks.

Volatility & Risk

SpendSmart Networks has a beta of -0.09, meaning that its share price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ulta Beauty has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SpendSmart Networks and Ulta Beauty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SpendSmart Networks N/A N/A N/A
Ulta Beauty 9.99% 33.75% 19.71%

Summary

Ulta Beauty beats SpendSmart Networks on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SpendSmart Networks

SpendSmart Networks, Inc., doing business as SMS Masterminds, provides proprietary loyalty systems, and a suite of digital engagement and marketing services to merchants. It delivers and manages loyalty platforms, such as merchant funded rewards, loyalty rewards tablets/kiosks, and proprietary rewards management systems; and mobile marketing technology, including text and email messaging, customer analytics and propensity marketing, patent pending automated engagement engine, and Text2Win sweepstakes features. The company also delivers and manages enterprise level loyalty and mobile marketing consulting comprising monthly hands on reviews by its Certified Masterminds, campaign creation and optimization, and localized support. In addition, it delivers and manages proprietary mobile-responsive Website building platform, which includes software allowing licensees and merchants to create and administer their Websites, audits of existing merchant Websites, and integration of social media streams and consumer reviews into Websites. The company was formerly known as The SpendSmart Payments Company, Inc. and changed its name to SpendSmart Networks, Inc. in June 2014. SpendSmart Networks, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty, Inc. operates as a beauty retailer in the United States. The company's stores offer cosmetics, fragrances, haircare and skincare products, bath and body products, and salon styling tools; salon services, including hair, skin, and brow services; and others, including nail products and accessories. It provides private label products, such as the Ulta Beauty Collection branded cosmetics, skincare, and bath products, as well as Ulta Beauty branded products. As of November 3, 2018, the company operated 1,163 retail stores across 50 states. It also distributes its products through its Website, ulta.com, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials, and social content. The company was formerly known as Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. and changed its name to Ulta Beauty, Inc. in January 2017. Ulta Beauty, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

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