Research Solutions (NASDAQ:RSSS) and Live Current Media (OTCMKTS:LIVC) Critical Review

Research Solutions (NASDAQ:RSSSGet Rating) and Live Current Media (OTCMKTS:LIVCGet Rating) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Research Solutions has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Live Current Media has a beta of -0.95, indicating that its stock price is 195% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Research Solutions -3.94% -24.65% -7.68%
Live Current Media N/A -92.15% -63.23%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.6% of Research Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 28.7% of Research Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Research Solutions and Live Current Media’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Research Solutions $31.76 million 1.54 -$280,000.00 ($0.04) -45.25
Live Current Media N/A N/A -$150,000.00 ($0.03) -9.82

Live Current Media has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Research Solutions. Research Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Live Current Media, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Research Solutions and Live Current Media, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Research Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00
Live Current Media 0 0 0 0 N/A

Research Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 176.24%. Given Research Solutions’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Research Solutions is more favorable than Live Current Media.

Summary

Research Solutions beats Live Current Media on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Research Solutions

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Research Solutions, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides cloud-based software-as-a-service research platform. The company is also involved in the transactional sale of published scientific, technical, and medical (STM) content managed, sourced, and delivered through the Transactions platform. Its solutions enable life science and other research intensive organizations to accelerate their research and development activities with access and management STM articles used throughout the intellectual property development lifecycle. The company was formerly known as Derycz Scientific, Inc. and changed its name to Research Solutions, Inc. in March 2013. Research Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Henderson, Nevada.

About Live Current Media

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Live Current Media, Inc., a digital technology company, operates in the entertainment industry. The company develops mobile applications in the sports and gaming sectors, including SPRT MTRX, a gaming app for players to bid on the final scores of NHL, NFL, and NBA games; and Trivia Matrix, a mobile trivia game app that consists of a 4 x 4 grid of eight mixed pairs of trivia data belonging to geography, history, sports, natural world, pop culture, and entertainment. It also operates Kast, a video streaming and social media platform to share video content, play games, collaborate remotely, and simply hang out together. The company is based in San Diego, California.

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