Livexlive Media (NASDAQ:LIVX) vs. Ruth’s Hospitality Group (NASDAQ:RUTH) Financial Survey

Livexlive Media (NASDAQ:LIVX) and Ruth’s Hospitality Group (NASDAQ:RUTH) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.8% of Livexlive Media shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.0% of Ruth’s Hospitality Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.0% of Livexlive Media shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.2% of Ruth’s Hospitality Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Ruth’s Hospitality Group pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Livexlive Media does not pay a dividend. Ruth’s Hospitality Group pays out 37.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ruth’s Hospitality Group has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Livexlive Media has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ruth’s Hospitality Group has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Livexlive Media and Ruth’s Hospitality Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Livexlive Media 0 0 3 0 3.00
Ruth’s Hospitality Group 0 3 0 0 2.00

Livexlive Media presently has a consensus price target of $6.67, indicating a potential upside of 129.89%. Ruth’s Hospitality Group has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.61%. Given Livexlive Media’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Livexlive Media is more favorable than Ruth’s Hospitality Group.

Profitability

This table compares Livexlive Media and Ruth’s Hospitality Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Livexlive Media -110.99% -185.99% -59.38%
Ruth’s Hospitality Group 9.21% 45.79% 14.72%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Livexlive Media and Ruth’s Hospitality Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Livexlive Media $33.70 million 4.52 -$37.76 million ($0.72) -4.03
Ruth’s Hospitality Group $452.33 million 1.51 $41.68 million $1.39 16.17

Ruth’s Hospitality Group has higher revenue and earnings than Livexlive Media. Livexlive Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ruth’s Hospitality Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Ruth’s Hospitality Group beats Livexlive Media on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Livexlive Media

LiveXLive Media, Inc. engages in the acquisition, distribution, and monetization of live music, Internet radio, and music-related streaming and video content. The company operates LiveXLive, a live music streaming platform, as well as Slacker Radio, a streaming music service; and produces original music-related content. It also produces, edits, curates, and streams live music events through broadband transmission over the Internet and or satellite networks to its users; provides digital Internet radio and music services to users online and through original equipment manufacturers on a white label basis; and offers ancillary products and services, such as regulatory and post-implementation support services. The company was formerly known as Loton, Corp. and changed its name to LiveXLive Media, Inc. in August 2017. LiveXLive Media, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in West Hollywood, California.

About Ruth’s Hospitality Group

Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises fine dining restaurants under the Ruth's Chris Steak House name. Its restaurants offer food and beverage products to special occasion diners and frequent customers, as well as business clientele. As of February 22, 2019, the company had approximately 150 company-owned and franchisee-owned restaurants worldwide. Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Winter Park, Florida.

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