Critical Comparison: Eventbrite (NYSE:EB) versus HealthStream (NYSE:HSTM)

Eventbrite (NYSE:EB) and HealthStream (NASDAQ:HSTM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.5% of Eventbrite shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.5% of HealthStream shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.6% of Eventbrite shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.4% of HealthStream shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Eventbrite and HealthStream, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eventbrite 0 4 2 0 2.33
HealthStream 0 2 0 0 2.00

Eventbrite presently has a consensus price target of $27.40, indicating a potential upside of 61.18%. HealthStream has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.85%. Given Eventbrite’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Eventbrite is more favorable than HealthStream.


This table compares Eventbrite and HealthStream’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eventbrite N/A N/A N/A
HealthStream 5.93% 4.68% 3.38%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eventbrite and HealthStream’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eventbrite $291.61 million 4.70 -$64.08 million ($1.45) -11.72
HealthStream $231.62 million 3.70 $32.22 million $0.43 61.60

HealthStream has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Eventbrite. Eventbrite is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HealthStream, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


HealthStream beats Eventbrite on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Eventbrite

Eventbrite, Inc. operates a ticketing and event technology platform in the United States and internationally. Its platform integrates components needed to plan, promote, and produce live events that allow creators to reduce friction and costs, increase reach, and drive ticket sales. The company was formerly known as Mollyguard Corporation and changed its name to Eventbrite, Inc. in 2009. Eventbrite, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About HealthStream

HealthStream, Inc. provides workforce and provider solutions for healthcare organizations in the United States. It operates through two segments, Workforce Solutions and Provider Solutions. The company offers workforce solutions, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) based services and subscription-based solutions to meet the training, certification, assessment, development, clinical development, talent management, performance appraisal, and other needs, as well as training, implementation, and account management services for the healthcare community. It also provides applications for recruiting and applicant tracking, learning, performance appraisal, compensation management, succession planning, competency management, disclosure management, clinical development, simulation-based education, and industry-sponsored training. In addition, the company offers Verity, a SaaS-based credentialing, privileging, and enrollment solution. It provides its solutions to private, not-for-profit, and government entities, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

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