FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS) and Elevate Credit (NYSE:ELVT) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and profitabiliy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for FactSet Research Systems and Elevate Credit, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FactSet Research Systems 3 7 1 0 1.82
Elevate Credit 0 1 6 0 2.86

FactSet Research Systems currently has a consensus price target of $165.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.66%. Elevate Credit has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.80%. Given Elevate Credit’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Elevate Credit is more favorable than FactSet Research Systems.

Dividends

FactSet Research Systems pays an annual dividend of $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Elevate Credit does not pay a dividend. FactSet Research Systems pays out 26.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FactSet Research Systems has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and Elevate Credit’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FactSet Research Systems $1.18 billion 5.52 $410.24 million $8.55 19.43
Elevate Credit $606.09 million 0.56 $48.02 million N/A N/A

FactSet Research Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Elevate Credit.

Profitability

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and Elevate Credit’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FactSet Research Systems 29.02% 55.72% 25.28%
Elevate Credit N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.9% of FactSet Research Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of FactSet Research Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

FactSet Research Systems beats Elevate Credit on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

FactSet Research Systems Company Profile

Factset Research Systems Inc. is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas. The European segment maintains offices in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Dubai. The Asia Pacific segment maintains office locations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai, India. The Company delivers insight and information to investment professionals through its analytics, service, content, and technology. Its offerings include a complete services solution focused on verifying, cleaning and loading portfolio data across asset classes, and an execution management system. The Company offers third-party content through desktop, wireless and off-platform solutions.

Elevate Credit Company Profile

Elevate Credit, Inc. provides online credit solutions to non-prime consumers, typically defined as those with credit scores of less than 700. The Company uses advanced technology risk analytics to provide financial options to its customers, who are not well-served by either banks or legacy non-prime lenders. It offers online installment loans and lines of credit in the United States, and the United Kingdom. Its products, Rise, Elastic and Sunny, provide customers with access to priced credit and services while helping them with credit building and financial wellness features. Its products include credit building and financial wellness programs, such as credit reporting, free credit monitoring (in the United States) and online financial literacy videos and tools. Rise is an installment loan product. As of March 31, 2016, Rise was available in 15 states in the United States. Sunny is the Company’s United Kingdom installment loan product.

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