Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE:EEX) and Spindle (OTCMKTS:SPDL) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Emerald Expositions Events has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spindle has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Emerald Expositions Events and Spindle, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Emerald Expositions Events 0 2 0 0 2.00
Spindle 0 0 0 0 N/A

Emerald Expositions Events currently has a consensus price target of $11.90, suggesting a potential upside of 9.78%. Given Emerald Expositions Events’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Emerald Expositions Events is more favorable than Spindle.

Profitability

This table compares Emerald Expositions Events and Spindle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Emerald Expositions Events -19.25% 10.02% 4.62%
Spindle N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Emerald Expositions Events and Spindle’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Emerald Expositions Events $380.70 million 2.03 -$25.10 million $1.33 8.15
Spindle $80,000.00 0.14 -$3.13 million N/A N/A

Spindle has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Emerald Expositions Events.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.4% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.6% of Spindle shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Emerald Expositions Events beats Spindle on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Emerald Expositions Events

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. operates business-to-business (B2B) trade shows in the United States. The company operates trade shows in various industry sectors, including gift, home, and general merchandise; sports; design and construction; technology; jewelry; and others, such as photography, food, healthcare, industrials, and military. It also operates events across various formats comprising B2B conferences, hosted buyer events, B2C events, summits, awards, and luxury private sales; and provides print publications and digital media products. The company operates 55 trade shows and various other face-to-face events. Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California.

About Spindle

Spindle, Inc. provides merchant and consumer-facing commerce solutions for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. It offers payment processing services to merchants using its Catalyst Gateway; and acts as an agent, independent contractor, or referral partner to broker merchants that it secures to other merchant processors for ongoing fees based on processing volume. The company is based in Mesa, Arizona.

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