Critical Analysis: Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL) versus Liquid Holdings Group (NYSE:LIQDQ)

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Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL) and Liquid Holdings Group (OTCMKTS:LIQDQ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Pivotal Software has a beta of -0.46, meaning that its stock price is 146% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liquid Holdings Group has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pivotal Software and Liquid Holdings Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pivotal Software -18.66% -9.92% -6.92%
Liquid Holdings Group N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.6% of Pivotal Software shares are held by institutional investors. 64.9% of Pivotal Software shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 32.0% of Liquid Holdings Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pivotal Software and Liquid Holdings Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pivotal Software $657.49 million 6.25 -$141.90 million ($0.63) -23.68
Liquid Holdings Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Liquid Holdings Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Pivotal Software.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Pivotal Software and Liquid Holdings Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pivotal Software 1 8 2 0 2.09
Liquid Holdings Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Pivotal Software currently has a consensus target price of $17.33, indicating a potential upside of 16.18%. Given Pivotal Software’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Pivotal Software is more favorable than Liquid Holdings Group.

Summary

Pivotal Software beats Liquid Holdings Group on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pivotal Software

Pivotal Software, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides an integrated solution that combines a cloud-native application platform and services in the United States. Its cloud-native platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), accelerates and streamlines software development by reducing the complexity of building, deploying, and operating modern applications. The company also enables its customers to accelerate their adoption of a modern software development process and their business success using its platform through its strategic services, Pivotal Labs (Labs). Pivotal Software, Inc. markets and sells PCF and Labs through its sales force and ecosystem partners. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About Liquid Holdings Group

Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. provides proprietary cloud-based trading and portfolio management solution primarily in the United States. Its solution integrates order and execution management with real-time risk management, reporting, shadow accounting, and managed services in a single platform for the financial services community. The company's Liquid platform consists of the LiquidTrade, a trading platform; LiquidMetrics, a risk metrics platform; and LiquidView, a shadow accounting platform. The company offers support services to assist in the implementation and utilization of its platform. It serves hedge fund managers, asset managers, and wealth management offices. The company is based in Hoboken, New Jersey. On February 25, 2006, the voluntary petition of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. for reorganization under Chapter 11 was converted to Chapter 7. It had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 27, 2016.

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