Blackhawk Network Holdings (NASDAQ: HAWK) and Consumer Portfolio Services (NASDAQ:CPSS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.6% of Blackhawk Network Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of Consumer Portfolio Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Blackhawk Network Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 37.5% of Consumer Portfolio Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Blackhawk Network Holdings has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Consumer Portfolio Services has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Blackhawk Network Holdings and Consumer Portfolio Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blackhawk Network Holdings $1.94 billion 1.20 $138.65 million ($0.10) -414.50
Consumer Portfolio Services $162.02 million 0.63 $21.52 million $0.93 4.72

Blackhawk Network Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Consumer Portfolio Services. Blackhawk Network Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Consumer Portfolio Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Blackhawk Network Holdings and Consumer Portfolio Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blackhawk Network Holdings -0.27% 8.36% 2.41%
Consumer Portfolio Services 6.19% 14.62% 1.11%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Blackhawk Network Holdings and Consumer Portfolio Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blackhawk Network Holdings 0 5 6 0 2.55
Consumer Portfolio Services 0 1 1 0 2.50

Blackhawk Network Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $41.73, indicating a potential upside of 0.67%. Consumer Portfolio Services has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 36.67%. Given Consumer Portfolio Services’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Consumer Portfolio Services is more favorable than Blackhawk Network Holdings.

Summary

Blackhawk Network Holdings beats Consumer Portfolio Services on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blackhawk Network Holdings

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. is a prepaid payment network. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Retail, International, and Incentives & Rewards. The U.S. Retail segment is engaged in the sale of prepaid products to consumers at its retail distribution partners and online and the sale of telecom handsets to retail distribution partners for resale to consumers. Its Incentives & Rewards segment is engaged in the sale of prepaid products, software and services to its business clients. It distributes closed loop gift cards in categories, including digital media and e-commerce, dining, electronics, entertainment, fashion and travel. It distributes a range of prepaid wireless or cellular cards. It also provides reloads for reloadable prepaid products, including prepaid telecom accounts and general-purpose reloadable cards. Its incentives businesses provide software, consulting services, program management, reward processing and reward fulfillment to its business clients.

About Consumer Portfolio Services

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. is a specialty finance company. The Company’s business is to purchase and service retail automobile contracts originated primarily by franchised automobile dealers and by select independent dealers in the United States in the sale of new and used automobiles, light trucks and passenger vans. Through its automobile contract purchases, the Company provides indirect financing to the customers of dealers having limited credit histories, low incomes or past credit problems, who it refers to as sub-prime customers. It serves as an alternative source of financing for dealers, facilitating sales to customers. The Company offers approximately eight financing programs to its dealership customers and prices each program according to the relative credit risk. Its financing programs are Bravo, First Time Buyer, Mercury/Delta, Standard, Alpha, Alpha Plus, Super Alpha and Preferred.

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