LivePerson Inc

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LPSN : NASDAQ : Technology
$11.7 | %
Today's Range: 11.45 - 11.8
Avg. Daily Volume: 416700.0
07/21/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

LIVEPERSON INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, although the growth in revenues underperformed the average competitor within the industry, the net income growth did not. LIVEPERSON INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.13 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 14.40% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)50.9255.46
EBITDA ($mil)1.362.43
EBIT ($mil)-2.86-2.36
Net Income ($mil)-5.68-2.66

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)51.7448.53
Total Assets ($mil)215.36222.56
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)137.61160.76

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin78.2976.87
EBITDA Margin2.674.37
Operating Margin-5.62-4.25
Sales Turnover1.011.05
Return on Assets-13.41-12.15
Return on Equity-20.99-16.82
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio1.241.66
Interest Expense0.00.0
Interest Coverage0.00.0

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)58.4257.43
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share2.362.8
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume409760.0303067.0


HOLD. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.95 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.04 and a discount versus the industry average of 6.40. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, LIVEPERSON INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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LPSN NM Peers 40.15   LPSN 35.21 Peers 26.59

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

LPSN's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

LPSN is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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LPSN 83.21 Peers 19.51   LPSN NA Peers 0.38

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

LPSN is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

Ratio not available.

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  Earnings Growth
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LPSN 4.95 Peers 6.40   LPSN -6.25 Peers 39.78

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

LPSN is trading at a discount to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, LPSN is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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LPSN 3.12 Peers 10.41   LPSN -7.02 Peers 31.75

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

LPSN is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

LPSN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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