Financial Contrast: Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) & Livexlive Media (NASDAQ:LIVX)

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

Volatility and Risk

Livexlive Media has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.6% of Livexlive Media shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.7% of Livexlive Media shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Livexlive Media does not pay a dividend. Dave & Buster’s Entertainment pays out 20.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Livexlive Media and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’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%
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 9.06% 29.12% 7.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Livexlive Media and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Livexlive Media 0 0 3 0 3.00
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 0 5 7 0 2.58

Livexlive Media currently has a consensus price target of $6.67, indicating a potential upside of 138.95%. Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a consensus price target of $52.52, indicating a potential upside of 37.55%. Given Livexlive Media’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Livexlive Media is more favorable than Dave & Buster’s Entertainment.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Livexlive Media and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Livexlive Media $33.70 million 4.35 -$37.76 million ($0.72) -3.88
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment $1.27 billion 1.10 $117.22 million $2.93 13.03

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

Summary

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment beats Livexlive Media on 9 of the 16 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 Dave & Buster’s Entertainment

Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates entertainment and dining venues for adults and families. Its venues offer a menu of entrées and appetizers, as well as a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; and an assortment of entertainment attractions centered on playing games and watching live sports, and other televised events. The company operates its venues under the Dave & Buster's name. As of April 02, 2019, it owned and operated 125 venues in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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