Acorn International (NYSE:ATV) and CafePress (NASDAQ:PRSS) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Acorn International has a beta of -0.98, meaning that its stock price is 198% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CafePress has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Acorn International and CafePress, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acorn International 0 0 0 0 N/A
CafePress 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.4% of Acorn International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.8% of CafePress shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.8% of Acorn International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.3% of CafePress shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Acorn International and CafePress’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acorn International N/A N/A N/A
CafePress -11.17% -25.84% -20.27%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Acorn International and CafePress’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Acorn International $20.29 million 3.87 $12.38 million N/A N/A
CafePress $85.68 million 0.29 -$10.25 million N/A N/A

Acorn International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CafePress.

Summary

Acorn International beats CafePress on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Acorn International

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells products in the People's Republic of China. It operates through two segments, Integrated Direct Sales and Nationwide Distribution Network. The company, through its direct sales business platform, markets and sells products directly to consumers through its outbound marketing platform and Internet sales platform. It also provides its products through its nationwide distribution network. The company offers health and collectible, mobile phones, kitchen and household, fitness, cosmetics, auto, consumer electronics, and other products. Acorn International, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

About CafePress

CafePress Inc. operates as retailer of personalized products in the United States and internationally. The company offers gifts and accessories, including T-shirts and apparel; mugs and drinkware; and home goods, such as custom shower curtains and bed coverings. It conducts its business on its primary United States based domain, CafePress.com; and operates CafePress branded Websites for the markets in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The company also sells CafePress branded products through other online retail partners. The company was formerly known as CafePress.com, Inc. and changed its name to CafePress Inc. in June 2011. CafePress Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

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