Liquid Holdings Group (OTCMKTS:LIQDQ) and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) 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 analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.5% of 3D Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.0% of Liquid Holdings Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of 3D Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Liquid Holdings Group has a beta of -1.28, indicating that its stock price is 228% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 3D Systems has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Liquid Holdings Group and 3D Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liquid Holdings Group N/A N/A N/A
3D Systems -7.53% -5.12% -3.51%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Liquid Holdings Group and 3D Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liquid Holdings Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3D Systems $646.07 million 2.26 -$66.19 million ($0.57) -22.39

Liquid Holdings Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than 3D Systems.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Liquid Holdings Group and 3D Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liquid Holdings Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
3D Systems 2 6 1 0 1.89

3D Systems has a consensus target price of $12.88, suggesting a potential upside of 0.90%. Given 3D Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe 3D Systems is more favorable than Liquid Holdings Group.

Summary

3D Systems beats Liquid Holdings Group on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liquid Holdings Group Company Profile

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.

3D Systems Company Profile

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides three-dimensional (3D) printing products and services worldwide. The company offers 3D printers, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multi jet printing, and color jet printers that transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. It also develops, blends, and markets various print materials, such as plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, polymeric dental, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. In addition, the company provides digital design tools, including software, scanners, and haptic devices, as well as products for product design, mold and die design, 3D scan-to-print, reverse engineering, production machining, metrology, and inspection. Further, it offers proprietary software and drivers that provide part review, part preparation, part placement, automated support building and placement, build platform management, and print queue management; and 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications, as well as digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications. Additionally, the company provides warranty, maintenance, and training services; on-demand manufacturing solutions; and software and precision healthcare services. It primarily serves companies and small and midsize businesses in medical, dental, automotive, aerospace, durable good, government, defense, technology, jewelry, electronic, education, consumer good, energy, and other industries through direct sales force, as well as partner channels and distributors. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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