Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVIV) and Cash America International (NYSE:CSH) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navient Corp 25.88% 9.61% 0.30%
Cash America International 0.87% 0.86% 0.64%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Navient Corp and Cash America International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navient Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cash America International N/A N/A N/A $1.18 35.76

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Navient Corp and Cash America International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navient Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cash America International 0 1 1 0 2.50

Cash America International has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 35.07%. Given Cash America International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cash America International is more favorable than Navient Corp.

About Navient Corp

Navient Corporation provides asset management and business processing services to education, healthcare and government clients at the federal, state and local levels. The Company holds the portfolio of education loans insured or federally guaranteed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). It operates through four segments: FFELP Loans, Private Education Loans, Business Services and Other. It also holds the portfolio of Private Education Loans. It services its own portfolio of education loans, as well as education loans owned by the United States Department of Education (ED), financial institutions and nonprofit education lenders. It also provides business processing services to education-related clients, such as guaranty agencies and colleges and universities. It provides additional business processing services to a range of other clients, including federal agencies, state and local governments, healthcare systems and other healthcare providers and municipalities.

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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