Spark Networks (NYSE:LOV – Get Rating) and Verb Technology (NASDAQ:VERB – Get Rating) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Spark Networks and Verb Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Spark Networks||$216.90 million||0.02||-$68.15 million||($6.91)||-0.28|
|Verb Technology||$10.52 million||4.94||-$34.49 million||($0.49)||-1.04|
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Spark Networks and Verb Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Verb Technology has a consensus price target of $3.38, indicating a potential upside of 559.31%. Given Verb Technology’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Verb Technology is more favorable than Spark Networks.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
7.3% of Verb Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Spark Networks shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Verb Technology shares are held 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.
This table compares Spark Networks and Verb Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Volatility and Risk
Spark Networks has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verb Technology has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Verb Technology beats Spark Networks on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Spark Networks (Get Rating)
Spark Networks SE operates online dating sites and mobile applications. It focuses on catering to the 40+ age demographic and religious communities in North America and other international markets. The company operates its dating platforms under the Zoosk, EliteSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, JSwipe, and SilverSingles brands. Spark Networks SE is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
About Verb Technology (Get Rating)
Verb Technology Company, Inc. develops Software-as-a-Service applications platform in the United States, Japan, and internationally. It offers verbCRM, a customer relationship management (CRM) application; verbTEAMS, a CRM application for small and medium-sized businesses and solopreneurs; verbLEARN, a learning management system application that incorporates clickable in-video technology featured in its verbCRM application; and verbLIVE, a live eCommerce application. The company also provides non-digital services to enterprise clients, such as design and printing services for welcome and starter kits; fulfilment services, which include managing the preparation, handling, and shipping of custom-branded merchandise; and subscription-based application services. It serves large enterprises in the life sciences sector, professional sports franchises, educational institutions, and not-for-profit organizations, as well as clients in the entertainment industry and the burgeoning CBD industry, among other business sectors. The company was formerly known as nFüsz, Inc. and changed its name to Verb Technology Company, Inc. in February 2019. Verb Technology Company, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in American Fork, Utah.
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