Critical Comparison: Seven Stars Cloud Group (SSC) vs. Marin Software (NYSE:MRIN)

Marin Software (NYSE: MRIN) and Seven Stars Cloud Group (NASDAQ:SSC) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Marin Software and Seven Stars Cloud Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marin Software $74.99 million 0.52 -$31.49 million ($5.63) -1.20
Seven Stars Cloud Group $4.54 million 29.21 -$25.83 million ($0.61) -3.49

Seven Stars Cloud Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Marin Software. Seven Stars Cloud Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marin Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

16.2% of Marin Software shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.8% of Seven Stars Cloud Group shares are held by institutional investors. 9.7% of Marin Software shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 50.4% of Seven Stars Cloud Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Marin Software has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seven Stars Cloud Group has a beta of 2.12, meaning that its share price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Marin Software and Seven Stars Cloud Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marin Software -41.99% -33.40% -26.37%
Seven Stars Cloud Group -22.98% -86.92% -37.44%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Marin Software and Seven Stars Cloud Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marin Software 0 0 0 0 N/A
Seven Stars Cloud Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Seven Stars Cloud Group beats Marin Software on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Marin Software Company Profile

Marin Software Incorporated provides a cross-channel, cross-device, enterprise marketing software platform for search, display and social advertising channels. The Company’s enterprise marketing software platform is offered as an integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for advertisers and agencies. The Company’s platform enables digital marketers to manage performance of their online advertising campaigns. Its software solution is designed to help its customers measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns through its reporting and analytics capabilities; manage and execute campaigns through its user interface and underlying technology that streamlines and automates functions, such as advertisement creation and bidding, across multiple publishers and channels, and optimize campaigns across multiple publishers and channels based on market and business data using its predictive bid management technology.

Seven Stars Cloud Group Company Profile

Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc., formerly Wecast Network, Inc., is engaged in providing cloud-based, business to business (B2B) solutions for business landscape. The Company focuses on BASE technology and infrastructure including Blockchain, artificial intelligence, supply chain and exchanges to the virtual platform as a service (v pass). Its business units include smart intellectual property cloud, smart sales cloud products and transactional cloud. The Company is engaged in creating closed trade ecosystem for buyers and sellers. The Company creates a vertical, transactional platform for global enterprise.

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