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

Profitability

This table compares Lifelock and Vantiv’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lifelock 8.46% 24.53% 10.96%
Vantiv 5.58% 33.54% 8.00%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Lifelock and Vantiv, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lifelock 1 3 0 0 1.75
Vantiv 0 10 17 0 2.63

Lifelock presently has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Vantiv has a consensus price target of $75.54, indicating a potential upside of 8.93%. Given Vantiv’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vantiv is more favorable than Lifelock.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.8% of Lifelock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.0% of Vantiv shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Lifelock shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Vantiv shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lifelock and Vantiv’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lifelock N/A N/A N/A $0.17 141.18
Vantiv $3.80 billion 2.94 $880.01 million $1.29 53.76

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

Volatility and Risk

Lifelock has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vantiv has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vantiv beats Lifelock on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lifelock

LifeLock, Inc. provides proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for enterprises. The Company monitors certain identity-related events, such as new account openings and credit-related applications. It operates in two segments: consumer segment and an enterprise segment. The Company’s LifeLock ecosystem combines data repositories of personally identifiable information and consumer transactions, predictive analytics and a technology platform. It applies predictive analytics to the data in its repositories to provide its members and enterprise customers’ actionable intelligence that helps protect against identity theft and identity fraud. It offers its consumer services on a monthly or annual subscription basis. It provides consumer risk management services, including delivering its on-demand identity risk, identity-authentication and credit information about consumers to its enterprise customers in the daily transaction flows.

About Vantiv

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.

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