Long Blockchain (NASDAQ: LBCC) and Sodastream International (NASDAQ:SODA) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.7% of Long Blockchain shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of Sodastream International shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.1% of Long Blockchain shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Long Blockchain and Sodastream International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Long Blockchain $4.56 million 6.23 -$10.44 million ($1.58) -1.80
Sodastream International $476.07 million 3.42 $44.46 million $2.88 25.82

Sodastream International has higher revenue and earnings than Long Blockchain. Long Blockchain is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sodastream International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Long Blockchain has a beta of -10.74, meaning that its stock price is 1,174% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sodastream International has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Long Blockchain and Sodastream International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Long Blockchain 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sodastream International 0 1 1 0 2.50

Sodastream International has a consensus target price of $76.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.19%. Given Sodastream International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sodastream International is more favorable than Long Blockchain.

Profitability

This table compares Long Blockchain and Sodastream International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Long Blockchain -270.51% -484.90% -228.36%
Sodastream International 12.47% 15.17% 12.41%

Summary

Sodastream International beats Long Blockchain on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Long Blockchain

Long Blockchain Corp., formerly Long Island Iced Tea Corp., is a holding company operating through its subsidiary, Long Island Brand Beverages, LLC (LIBB). The Company is engaged in the production and distribution of Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink (NARTD) iced tea in the beverage industry. It is organized around its brand, Long Island Iced Tea. Long Island Iced Tea is sold primarily on the East Coast of the United States through a network of national and regional retail chains and distributors. The Company produces brewed tea, using black tea leaves, purified water and natural cane sugar or sucralose. The Company’s Long Island Iced Tea’s flavors include lemon, peach, raspberry, guava, mango, diet lemon, diet peach and sweet tea. It also offers lower calorie iced tea in over 12 ounce bottles. The lower calorie flavor options include mango, raspberry and peach. The Company’s products include All-Natural Tea, Diet Tea, Fruit-Flavored Tea, Organic Tea and Herbal Tea.

About Sodastream International

SodaStream International Ltd. is a sparkling water company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water. The Company’s segments include The Americas, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). The Americas segment consists of the United States, Canada and other markets in North America, Central America and South America, which are influenced by the consumption culture of the United States. The Western Europe segment consists of its markets in Western and Northern Europe, which are characterized by high price levels. Its Asia-Pacific segment consists of its markets in Australia and New Zealand, together with other markets in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea. The CEMEA segment consists of its markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and South Africa.

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