Comparing Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) and Mistras Group (MG)

Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV) and Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Vantiv has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mistras Group has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.2% of Vantiv shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of Mistras Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Vantiv shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Vantiv and Mistras Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vantiv 6.07% 41.19% 7.92%
Mistras Group 0.68% 6.16% 3.48%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Vantiv and Mistras Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vantiv 0 10 17 0 2.63
Mistras Group 1 5 1 0 2.00

Vantiv presently has a consensus price target of $75.46, indicating a potential upside of 8.87%. Mistras Group has a consensus price target of $36.33, indicating a potential upside of 62.42%. Given Mistras Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than Vantiv.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vantiv and Mistras Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vantiv $3.58 billion 3.44 $213.20 million $1.45 47.80
Mistras Group $719.18 million 0.88 $24.65 million $0.14 159.80

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

Summary

Vantiv beats Mistras Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vantiv

Vantiv, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider. The Company enables merchants to accept and process credit, debit and prepaid payments, and provide them supporting value-added services, such as security solutions and fraud management, information solutions and interchange management. It also provides payment services to financial institutions, such as card issuer processing, payment network processing, fraud protection, card production, prepaid program management, automated teller machine (ATM) driving and network gateway and switching services that utilize the Company’s Jeanie personal identification number (PIN) debit payment network.

About Mistras Group

Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.

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