Star Group (NYSE:SGU) and SpendSmart Networks (OTCMKTS:SSPC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Star Group and SpendSmart Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Star Group pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. SpendSmart Networks does not pay a dividend.
Volatility & Risk
Star Group has a beta of 0.09, suggesting that its share price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SpendSmart Networks has a beta of -0.11, suggesting that its share price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Star Group and SpendSmart Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider and Institutional Ownership
43.3% of Star Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.4% of Star Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 39.5% of SpendSmart Networks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Star Group and SpendSmart Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Star Group||$1.32 billion||0.39||$26.90 million||N/A||N/A|
|SpendSmart Networks||$5.79 million||0.03||-$3.32 million||N/A||N/A|
Star Group has higher revenue and earnings than SpendSmart Networks.
Star Group beats SpendSmart Networks on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Star Group
Star Group, L.P. operates as a home heating oil and propane distributor and services provider in the United States. It also installs, maintains, and repairs heating and air conditioning equipment, as well as offers ancillary home services, including home security and plumbing. As of September 30, 2017, the company sold home heating oil and propane to approximately 455,000 full service residential and commercial customers. It also sells home heating oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel to approximately 74,000 customers on a delivery only basis. The company was formerly known as Star Gas Partners, L.P. and changed its name to Star Group, L.P. in October 2017. Star Group, L.P. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
About SpendSmart Networks
SpendSmart Networks, Inc., doing business as SMS Masterminds, provides proprietary loyalty systems, and a suite of digital engagement and marketing services to merchants. It delivers and manages loyalty platforms, such as merchant funded rewards, loyalty rewards tablets/kiosks, and proprietary rewards management systems; and mobile marketing technology, including text and email messaging, customer analytics and propensity marketing, patent pending automated engagement engine, and Text2Win sweepstakes features. The company also delivers and manages enterprise level loyalty and mobile marketing consulting comprising monthly hands on reviews by its Certified Masterminds, campaign creation and optimization, and localized support. In addition, it delivers and manages proprietary mobile-responsive Website building platform, which includes software allowing licensees and merchants to create and administer their Websites, audits of existing merchant Websites, and integration of social media streams and consumer reviews into Websites. The company was formerly known as The SpendSmart Payments Company, Inc. and changed its name to SpendSmart Networks, Inc. in June 2014. SpendSmart Networks, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California.
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