Shutterstock (NYSE:SSTK) and Acxiom (NASDAQ:ACXM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Shutterstock and Acxiom’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Shutterstock $623.25 million 2.55 $54.69 million $1.05 43.16
Acxiom N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Shutterstock has higher revenue and earnings than Acxiom.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Shutterstock and Acxiom, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shutterstock 1 2 0 0 1.67
Acxiom 0 0 3 0 3.00

Shutterstock presently has a consensus target price of $42.33, suggesting a potential downside of 6.59%. Acxiom has a consensus target price of $51.33, suggesting a potential upside of ∞. Given Acxiom’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Acxiom is more favorable than Shutterstock.

Profitability

This table compares Shutterstock and Acxiom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shutterstock 8.77% 11.55% 6.54%
Acxiom N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

55.4% of Shutterstock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Acxiom shares are held by institutional investors. 47.2% of Shutterstock shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Acxiom shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Shutterstock beats Acxiom on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Shutterstock

Shutterstock, Inc. provides content products and services in North America, Europe, and internationally. It offers digital imagery services, which include licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, and video clips that customers use in their visual communications, such as Websites, digital and print marketing materials, corporate communications, books, publications, and video content; and commercial music services comprising music tracks and sound effects that are used to complement digital imagery. The company provides its services under the Shutterstock, Bigstock, Offset, Shutterstock Custom, Shutterstock Music, and Shutterstock Editorial names. It also offers digital asset management services through Webdam, a cloud-based digital asset management platform, which provides tools for customers to manage content and brand management assets; and Shutterstock Editor, a cloud-based workflow tool. The company serves marketing agencies, media professionals, and other organizations. Shutterstock, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Acxiom

Acxiom Corporation operates a technology and enablement services company in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Connectivity, Audience Solutions, and Marketing Services. The Connectivity segment provides a foundational identity resolution layer, which enables its clients to identify and reach consumers across channels and measure the impact of marketing on sales. This segment offers LiveRamp IdentityLink, an identity resolution service that ties data back to real people and makes it possible to onboard that data for people-based marketing initiatives across digital channels. Its IdentityLink serves brands and agencies, marketing technology providers, data owners, and publishers. The Audience Solutions segment offers consumer demographics products, including InfoBase products to marketers with the ability to identify and reach the right audience with the right message across traditional and digital channels; and AbiliTec, which enables brands recognize individuals and households using various types of input variables and connect identities online and offline. The Marketing Services segment offers marketing database services, and strategy and analytics. The company serves companies and organizations in the financial services, insurance, information services, direct marketing, retail, consumer packaged goods, technology, automotive, healthcare, travel, and communications industries, as well as in the non-profit and government sectors. Acxiom Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Conway, Arkansas.

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