Analyzing World Acceptance (WRLD) & Cash America International (CSH)

World Acceptance (NASDAQ: WRLD) and Cash America International (NYSE:CSH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Cash America International pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. World Acceptance does not pay a dividend. Cash America International pays out 27.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. World Acceptance has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares World Acceptance and Cash America International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
World Acceptance $531.73 million 1.38 $73.60 million $7.32 11.34
Cash America International N/A N/A N/A $1.18 35.76

World Acceptance has higher revenue and earnings than Cash America International. World Acceptance is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cash America International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for World Acceptance and Cash America International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
World Acceptance 3 0 0 0 1.00
Cash America International 0 0 0 0 N/A

World Acceptance presently has a consensus target price of $59.00, suggesting a potential downside of 28.90%. Given World Acceptance’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe World Acceptance is more favorable than Cash America International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.0% of World Acceptance shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.3% of World Acceptance shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares World Acceptance and Cash America International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
World Acceptance 12.02% 13.90% 7.70%
Cash America International 0.87% 0.86% 0.64%

Risk & Volatility

World Acceptance has a beta of 2.43, indicating that its share price is 143% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cash America International has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

World Acceptance beats Cash America International on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About World Acceptance

World Acceptance Corporation operates a small-loan consumer finance business in 15 states and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company offers short-term small installment loans, medium-term larger installment loans, related credit insurance and ancillary products and services to individuals. The Company offers standardized installment loans generally between $300 and $4,000 through 1,339 branches in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company generally serves individuals with limited access to other sources of consumer credit, such as banks, credit unions, other consumer finance businesses and credit card lenders. In the United States branches, the Company also offers income tax return preparation services to its loan customers and other individuals.

About Cash America International

Cash America International, Inc. provides specialty financial services to individuals through its storefront lending and franchised check cashing locations. The Company offers secured non-recourse loans, referred to as pawn loans, as its primary line of business. The Company is also engaged in originating, arranging, guaranteeing or purchasing consumer loans in some of its locations. The Company also offers check cashing and other ancillary products and services, including money orders, wire transfers and auto insurance. The Company’s franchised check cashing business offers check cashing services through its franchised check cashing centers. The Company provides its services in the United States under the names Cash America Pawn, SuperPawn, Cash America Payday Advance, Cashland and Mr. Payroll. The Company is engaged in pawn lending activities, merchandise disposition activities, consumer loan activities and check cashing and other financial services.

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