Reviewing Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY) & Liquid Holdings Group (NASDAQ:LIQDQ)

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Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY) and Liquid Holdings Group (OTCMKTS:LIQDQ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Paylocity and Liquid Holdings Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paylocity 11.57% 18.19% 2.82%
Liquid Holdings Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Paylocity and Liquid Holdings Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paylocity 0 4 9 0 2.69
Liquid Holdings Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Paylocity currently has a consensus target price of $104.27, suggesting a potential upside of 0.10%. Given Paylocity’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Paylocity is more favorable than Liquid Holdings Group.

Volatility and Risk

Paylocity has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liquid Holdings Group has a beta of 0.31, suggesting that its stock price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.4% of Paylocity shares are held by institutional investors. 41.2% of Paylocity shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 32.0% of Liquid Holdings Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Paylocity and Liquid Holdings Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paylocity $467.63 million 11.82 $53.82 million $1.08 96.45
Liquid Holdings Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Paylocity has higher revenue and earnings than Liquid Holdings Group.

Summary

Paylocity beats Liquid Holdings Group on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Paylocity Company Profile

Paylocity Holding Corporation provides cloud-based payroll and human capital management software solutions for medium-sized organizations in the United States. The company offers Paylocity Web Pay for enterprise-grade payroll processing and administration; Paylocity Web HR for employee record management, HR compliance and reporting, HR insight and analytics, and self-service portals; Talent Management for employee performance appraisal process and performance review; Paylocity Web Time, a time and attendance solution; and Paylocity Web Expense, an expense management tool designed to streamline and automate the expense management process. It also provides Paylocity Web Benefits and Paylocity Enterprise Benefits, which are benefit management solutions that integrate with insurance carrier systems to provide automated administrative processes and allow users to choose benefit elections and make life event changes online, summarize benefit elections, and perform other benefit-related tasks, as well as enable premium reconciliation, management of voluntary benefits, and reporting. In addition, the company offers third-party administrative services for clients designed to modernize the administration of flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, transportation management accounts, premium only plans, and health reimbursement arrangements for their employees. Further, it provides implementation and training, client, and tax and regulatory services. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Liquid Holdings Group Company Profile

Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. provides proprietary cloud-based trading and portfolio management solution primarily in the United States. Its solution integrates order and execution management with real-time risk management, reporting, shadow accounting, and managed services in a single platform for the financial services community. The company's Liquid platform consists of the LiquidTrade, a trading platform; LiquidMetrics, a risk metrics platform; and LiquidView, a shadow accounting platform. The company offers support services to assist in the implementation and utilization of its platform. It serves hedge fund managers, asset managers, and wealth management offices. The company is based in Hoboken, New Jersey. On February 25, 2006, the voluntary petition of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. for reorganization under Chapter 11 was converted to Chapter 7. It had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 27, 2016.

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