Contrasting LiveWorld (LVWD) & Cardtronics (CATM)

LiveWorld (OTCMKTS:LVWD) and Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

LiveWorld has a beta of 2.3, indicating that its share price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cardtronics has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares LiveWorld and Cardtronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LiveWorld -12.13% -100.83% -44.27%
Cardtronics 0.81% 20.70% 4.51%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LiveWorld and Cardtronics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LiveWorld $7.71 million 0.04 -$640,000.00 N/A N/A
Cardtronics $1.35 billion 1.03 $3.68 million $1.88 15.87

Cardtronics has higher revenue and earnings than LiveWorld.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for LiveWorld and Cardtronics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LiveWorld 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cardtronics 0 0 3 0 3.00

Cardtronics has a consensus target price of $40.33, suggesting a potential upside of 35.21%. Given Cardtronics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cardtronics is more favorable than LiveWorld.

Summary

Cardtronics beats LiveWorld on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

LiveWorld Company Profile

LiveWorld, Inc. provides social media solutions for global brands. The company is involved in developing strategy, creating and publishing content, engaging customers, moderating content, managing crises, and gleaning insight from social media. It offers engagement services, including social architecture, audit, and competitive analysis; content programming plans and authoring; day-to-day online engagement and community management; social media crisis management; highlights and custom reporting; and strategy consulting services. The company also provides content moderation services, such as moderation plans and guidelines, moderator selection and training, hourly content moderation, moderation management, moderation program model, and highlights and custom reporting. In addition, it offers insight services comprising setup, customization, training, and support; management, tagging, and analysis; and listening and monitoring of the social Web. Further, it provides listening services that include brand monitoring, social Web listening, market research listening programs, customizable listening track offerings, human management and analysis, and real-time monitoring or 30-day rear-view listening reports. Additionally, the company offers LiveEngage, a social content marketing suite that enables brand managers or customer support agents to directly respond to escalated content; LiveMod, a content moderation software enables human moderators to accept, reject, and escalate content in context; and LiveInsight software, an analytics and insights solution designed to engage and scale human review and analysis. It serves various industries, including retail, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, financial and travel services, healthcare, automotive, technology, and media and entertainment. The company was formerly known as Talk City, Inc. and changed its name to Liveworld, Inc. in May 2001. Liveworld, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Cardtronics Company Profile

Cardtronics plc provides automated consumer financial services through its network of automated teller machines (ATMs) and multi-function financial services kiosks. The company offers cash dispensing and balance inquiries; and financial related services to cardholders, as well as ATM management and ATM equipment-related services to large retail merchants, smaller retailers, financial institutions, and operators of facilities, such as shopping malls, airports, and train stations. It also provides transaction processing, cash and cash delivery management, supply, and telecommunications, as well as routine and technical maintenance services for ATMs; and owns and operates electronic funds transfer transaction processing platforms that offer transaction processing services to its network of ATMS, as well as other ATMs under managed services arrangements. In addition, the company provides processing services for issuers of debit cards; and owns and operates Allpoint network, a surcharge-free ATM network, which offers surcharge-free ATM access to participating banks, credit unions, and stored-value debit card issuers. As of December 31, 2018, it provided services to approximately 227,000 ATMs in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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