Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ: EEFT) and Payment Data Systems (NASDAQ:PYDS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.
This table compares Euronet Worldwide and Payment Data Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Payment Data Systems||-21.43%||-29.75%||-5.25%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Euronet Worldwide and Payment Data Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Payment Data Systems||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Euronet Worldwide currently has a consensus target price of $109.43, indicating a potential upside of 33.04%. Payment Data Systems has a consensus target price of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 132.56%. Given Payment Data Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Payment Data Systems is more favorable than Euronet Worldwide.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
5.2% of Payment Data Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Euronet Worldwide shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 48.5% of Payment Data Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Euronet Worldwide and Payment Data Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Euronet Worldwide||$2.25 billion||1.87||$156.84 million||$4.33||19.00|
|Payment Data Systems||$14.57 million||1.87||-$3.00 million||N/A||N/A|
Euronet Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than Payment Data Systems.
Risk & Volatility
Euronet Worldwide has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Payment Data Systems has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Euronet Worldwide beats Payment Data Systems on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Euronet Worldwide Company Profile
Euronet Worldwide, Inc. provides payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers, and individual consumers worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Electronic Financial Transaction (EFT) Processing, epay, and Money Transfer. The EFT Processing segment provides electronic payment solutions, including automated teller machine (ATM) cash withdrawal and deposit services, ATM network participation, outsourced ATM and point-of-sale (POS) management solutions, credit and debit card outsourcing, card issuing, and merchant acquiring services. This segment also offers ATM and POS dynamic currency conversion, advertising, customer relationship management, mobile top-up, bill payment, fraud management, and foreign remittance payout services; and integrated EFT software solutions for electronic payments and transaction delivery systems. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a network of 37,133 ATMs; and approximately 248,000 EFT POS terminals. The epay segment provides distribution, processing, and collection services for prepaid mobile airtime and other electronic payment products; and vouchers and physical gift fulfillment, and gift card distribution and processing services. This segment operated a network of approximately 707,000 POS terminals. The Money Transfer segment provides consumer-to-consumer money transfer services primarily under the Ria, AFEX Money Express, and IME brands; account-to-account money transfer services under the HiFX and xe brands; customers bill payment services; payment alternatives, such as money orders and prepaid debit cards; check cashing services; foreign currency exchange and mobile top-up services; and cash management and foreign currency risk management services. The company was formerly known as Euronet Services, Inc. and changed its name to Euronet Worldwide, Inc. in August 2001. Euronet Worldwide, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.
Payment Data Systems Company Profile
Payment Data Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated electronic payment processing services to merchants and businesses in the United States. The company offers various types of automated clearing house (ACH) processing; and credit, prepaid card, and debit card-based processing services. Its ACH processing services include Represented Check, a consumer non-sufficient funds check that is represented for payment electronically rather than through the paper check collection system; and Accounts Receivable Check Conversion, a consumer paper check payment, which is converted into an e-check. The company also offers merchant account services for the processing of card-based transactions through the VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB networks, including online terminal services accessed through a Website or retail services accessed through a physical terminal. In addition, it provides a proprietary Web-based customer service application that allows companies to process one-time and recurring payments through e-checks or credit cards; and an interactive voice response telephone system to companies, which accept payments directly from consumers over the telephone using e-checks or credit cards. Further, the company creates, manages, and processes prepaid card programs for corporate clients to issue prepaid cards to their customer base or employees; and issues general purpose reloadable cards to consumers as an alternative to a traditional bank account. Additionally, it operates billx.com, a consumer Website that allows consumers to process online payments to pay other individual; and provides prepaid cards to consumers for use in as a tool to stay on budget, manage allowances, and share money with family and friends. The company markets and sells its products and services directly, as well as through non-exclusive resellers. Payment Data Systems, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
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