Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV) and Everi Holdings (NYSE:EVRI) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Vantiv and Everi Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vantiv 0 7 18 0 2.72
Everi Holdings 0 0 3 0 3.00

Vantiv currently has a consensus target price of $74.35, suggesting a potential upside of 2.88%. Everi Holdings has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.04%. Given Vantiv’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Vantiv is more favorable than Everi Holdings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.5% of Vantiv shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.5% of Everi Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Vantiv shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Everi Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Vantiv has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Everi Holdings has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Vantiv and Everi Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vantiv 5.58% 33.54% 8.00%
Everi Holdings -26.95% -16,159.62% -16.89%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vantiv and Everi Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vantiv $3.80 billion 3.07 $880.01 million $1.29 56.02
Everi Holdings $919.45 million 0.55 $200.09 million ($3.75) -2.01

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

Summary

Vantiv beats Everi Holdings on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vantiv Company Profile

Vantiv, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider. The Company enables merchants to accept and process credit, debit and prepaid payments, and provide them supporting value-added services, such as security solutions and fraud management, information solutions and interchange management. It also provides payment services to financial institutions, such as card issuer processing, payment network processing, fraud protection, card production, prepaid program management, automated teller machine (ATM) driving and network gateway and switching services that utilize the Company’s Jeanie personal identification number (PIN) debit payment network.

Everi Holdings Company Profile

Everi Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company operates through subsidiaries, including Everi Games Holding Inc. (Everi Games Holding) and Everi Payments Inc. (Everi Payments or Payments). The Company operates through two segments: Games and Payments. The Company provides video and mechanical reel gaming content and technology solutions, integrated gaming payments solutions, and compliance and efficiency software. Its games segment provides solutions directly to gaming establishments to offer its patrons gaming entertainment related experiences. The Payments segment provides solutions directly to gaming establishments to offer their patrons cash access related services and products, including access to cash at gaming facilities through automatic teller machine (ATM) cash withdrawals, credit card cash access transactions and point of sale debit card transactions.

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