Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) and Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ:EEFT) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Heartland Payment Systems and Euronet Worldwide’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Heartland Payment Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Euronet Worldwide $1.99 billion 2.45 $332.05 million $3.20 29.01

Euronet Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than Heartland Payment Systems.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Heartland Payment Systems and Euronet Worldwide, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heartland Payment Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Euronet Worldwide 0 0 5 0 3.00

Euronet Worldwide has a consensus target price of $99.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.65%. Given Euronet Worldwide’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Euronet Worldwide is more favorable than Heartland Payment Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Heartland Payment Systems and Euronet Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Heartland Payment Systems 3.25% 27.90% 6.09%
Euronet Worldwide 8.70% 22.77% 8.14%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.4% of Euronet Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Euronet Worldwide shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Euronet Worldwide beats Heartland Payment Systems on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Heartland Payment Systems Company Profile

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides payment processing services to merchants. The Company‚Äôs electronic payment processing services facilitate the exchange of information and funds between merchants and cardholders’ financial institutions. Its segments include Payment Processing, which offers card payment processing and related services to its small and medium-sized enterprise merchants and Network Services merchants; Campus Solutions, which offers payment processing, integrated commerce solutions, loan services and open- and closed-loop payment solutions to institutions of higher education; Heartland School Solutions, which offers school nutrition and point of sale solutions and associated payment solutions to K-12 schools; Heartland Payroll Solutions, which provides payroll processing and related tax filing services, and Other, including integrated payments solutions for small ticket merchants, and loyalty and gift card marketing solutions.

Euronet Worldwide Company Profile

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. is an electronic payments provider. The Company offers payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. Its product offerings include automated teller machine (ATM), point-of-sale (POS), card outsourcing, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, electronic distribution of prepaid mobile airtime and other electronic payment products. It operates in three segments: EFT Processing Segment provides electronic payment solutions consisting of ATM cash withdrawal and deposit services, outsourced ATM and POS management solutions, and credit and debit card outsourcing; epay Segment provides electronic distribution and processing of prepaid mobile airtime and other electronic payment products and collection services, and Money Transfer Segment provides global consumer-to-consumer money transfer services and global account-to-account money transfer services.

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