Head to Head Contrast: LivePerson (LPSN) and Pacific WebWorks (PWEB)

Pacific WebWorks (OTCMKTS:PWEB) and LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.5% of LivePerson shares are held by institutional investors. 66.8% of Pacific WebWorks shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of LivePerson shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pacific WebWorks and LivePerson’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific WebWorks N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
LivePerson $249.84 million 7.29 -$25.03 million ($0.23) -122.26

Pacific WebWorks has higher earnings, but lower revenue than LivePerson.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific WebWorks and LivePerson’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific WebWorks N/A N/A N/A
LivePerson -10.02% -5.56% -3.32%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Pacific WebWorks and LivePerson, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific WebWorks 0 0 0 0 N/A
LivePerson 0 0 12 0 3.00

LivePerson has a consensus price target of $30.92, suggesting a potential upside of 9.95%. Given LivePerson’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe LivePerson is more favorable than Pacific WebWorks.

About Pacific WebWorks

Pacific WebWorks, Inc. does not have significant operations. It focuses on a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies. Previously, the company was engaged in the provision of application services; and development of business software technologies and services for business merchants and organizations. The company was formerly known as Asphalt Associates, Inc. and changed its name to Pacific WebWorks, Inc. in January 1999. Pacific WebWorks, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in San Diego, California.

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. provides conversational commerce solutions. The company operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. The Business segment enables brands to leverage LiveEngage's intelligence engine to connect with consumers through an integrated suite of mobile and online business messaging technologies. The Consumer segment facilitates online transactions between independent service providers and individual consumers seeking information and knowledge through mobile and online messaging. The company offers LiveEngage, an enterprise-class and cloud-based platform, which enables businesses and consumers to connect through conversational interfaces; and Maven, a robust artificial intelligence engine for conversational commerce. It also provides professional services and value-added business consulting services. The company sells its products through direct and indirect sales channels to Fortune 500 companies, Internet businesses, online merchants, small businesses, automotive dealers, universities, libraries, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. It operates in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific regions. The company has strategic partnership with DMI to support clients in navigating the burgeoning conversational commerce category. LivePerson, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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