Analyzing IZEA (IZEA) & National CineMedia (NCMI)

IZEA (NASDAQ: IZEA) and National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IZEA and National CineMedia’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IZEA $24.44 million 0.49 -$5.46 million ($0.96) -2.14
National CineMedia $426.10 million 1.32 $2.50 million $0.40 17.78

National CineMedia has higher revenue and earnings than IZEA. IZEA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National CineMedia, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares IZEA and National CineMedia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IZEA -19.43% -88.51% -37.15%
National CineMedia 0.83% -53.20% 2.51%

Risk and Volatility

IZEA has a beta of -0.07, suggesting that its share price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National CineMedia has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for IZEA and National CineMedia, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IZEA 0 0 1 0 3.00
National CineMedia 1 3 2 0 2.17

National CineMedia has a consensus price target of $7.10, indicating a potential downside of 0.14%. Given National CineMedia’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe National CineMedia is more favorable than IZEA.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.0% of IZEA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of National CineMedia shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.5% of IZEA shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of National CineMedia shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


National CineMedia pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. IZEA does not pay a dividend. National CineMedia pays out 170.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


National CineMedia beats IZEA on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IZEA

IZEA, Inc. operates online marketplaces that facilitate transactions between marketers and content creators. Its technology solutions enable the management of content workflow, creator search and targeting, bidding, analytics, and payment processing. The company helps brands to engage online influencers for influencer marketing campaigns, or to create content for distribution through their channels. It primarily sells social sponsorship and content campaigns through sales team and self-service platforms, as well as through distribution relationships, such as resellers, affiliates, and white label partners. IZEA, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Winter Park, Florida.

About National CineMedia

National CineMedia, Inc., through its subsidiary, National CineMedia, LLC, operates an in-theatre digital media network in North America. The company produces and distributes various versions of Noovie, a cinema advertising and entertainment pre-show on movie screens; sells advertising on its lobby entertainment network; and other forms of advertising and promotions in theatre lobbies. It is also involved in the sale of online and mobile advertising across its Noovie digital products, as well as through its Cinema Accelerator digital product and mobile app. The company offers its services to third-party theatre circuits under long-term network affiliate agreements. National CineMedia, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado.

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