Head-To-Head Survey: Mastercard (MA) versus Live Current Media (OTCMKTS:LIVC)

Live Current Media (OTCMKTS:LIVC) and Mastercard (NYSE:MA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Live Current Media and Mastercard, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Live Current Media 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mastercard 0 2 23 1 2.96

Mastercard has a consensus target price of $229.36, indicating a potential downside of 0.06%. Given Mastercard’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mastercard is more favorable than Live Current Media.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Live Current Media and Mastercard’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Live Current Media N/A N/A $70,000.00 N/A N/A
Mastercard $14.95 billion 15.75 $5.86 billion $6.49 35.36

Mastercard has higher revenue and earnings than Live Current Media.

Profitability

This table compares Live Current Media and Mastercard’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Live Current Media N/A -6.40% -5.43%
Mastercard 39.19% 122.25% 29.02%

Dividends

Mastercard pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Live Current Media does not pay a dividend. Mastercard pays out 20.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mastercard has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Live Current Media has a beta of 2.61, meaning that its stock price is 161% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mastercard has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.2% of Mastercard shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Mastercard shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Mastercard beats Live Current Media on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Live Current Media

Live Current Media Inc. focuses on developing domain names to include content, commerce, and community applications in the United States. The company was formerly known as Communicate.com Inc. and changed its name to Live Current Media Inc. in May 2008. Live Current Media Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

About Mastercard

Mastercard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. The company offers integrated products and services for account holders, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, governments, and other organizations, such as programs that enable issuers to provide consumers with credits to defer payments; payment products and solutions that allow its customers to access funds in deposit and other accounts; prepaid payment programs and management services; and commercial payment products and solutions. It also provides value-added products and services comprising safety and security products, loyalty and reward programs, information and analytics services, consulting services, and issuer and acquirer processing services. The company offers payment solutions and services under the MasterCard, Maestro, and Cirrus brands. Mastercard Incorporated was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

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