First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare First Data Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.


This table compares First Data Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Data Corporation 4.66% 26.25% 3.05%
First Data Corporation Competitors 10.74% 15.92% 5.19%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares First Data Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
First Data Corporation $7.91 billion $2.79 billion 30.41
First Data Corporation Competitors $1.64 billion $481.00 million 28.82

First Data Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. First Data Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

First Data Corporation has a beta of 1.73, indicating that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Data Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for First Data Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Data Corporation 0 9 20 0 2.69
First Data Corporation Competitors 114 696 1031 12 2.51

First Data Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $19.04, indicating a potential upside of 6.12%. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.22%. Given First Data Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe First Data Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.1% of First Data Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.7% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of First Data Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


First Data Corporation peers beat First Data Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

First Data Corporation Company Profile

First Data Corporation is a provider of commerce-enabling technology and solutions for merchants, financial institutions and card issuers. The Company’s segments are Global Business Solutions (GBS), Global Financial Solutions (GFS), Network & Security Solutions (NSS), and Corporate. The GBS segment provides businesses of all sizes and types with a range of solutions at the point of sale, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, mobile commerce, point-of-sale, and other business solutions. The GFS segment provides financial institutions, which include bank and non-bank issuers, such as retailers with card portfolios, with a range of solutions that enable them to offer financial products and solutions to their customers. The NSS segment provides a range of network solutions and security, risk and fraud management solutions to business and financial institution clients in its GBS and GFS segments, and to financial institutions, businesses, governments, processors and other clients.

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