WEX (NYSE: WEX) is one of 31 public companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare WEX to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WEX and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WEX $1.17 billion $377.31 million 73.29
WEX Competitors $1.59 billion $466.83 million 29.20

WEX’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than WEX. WEX is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

WEX has a beta of 1.79, meaning that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WEX’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares WEX and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WEX 6.09% 13.03% 3.23%
WEX Competitors 10.43% 13.75% 5.42%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for WEX and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WEX 0 2 11 0 2.85
WEX Competitors 120 706 1053 12 2.51

WEX currently has a consensus target price of $124.36, suggesting a potential upside of 2.22%. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.20%. Given WEX’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe WEX has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.5% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of WEX shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.9% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


WEX rivals beat WEX on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About WEX

WEX Inc. is a provider of corporate payment solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Fleet Solutions, Travel and Corporate Solutions, and Health and Employee Benefit Solutions. The Fleet Solutions segment provides customers with payment and transaction processing services designed for the needs of commercial and government fleets. The Travel and Corporate Solutions segment focuses on the complex payment environment of business-to-business payments, providing customers with payment processing solutions for their corporate payment and transaction monitoring needs. The Health and Employee Benefit Solutions segment provides healthcare payment products and software as a service consumer directed platforms, as well as payroll related benefits to customers in Brazil. The United States operations include the Company and its subsidiaries WEX Bank, WEX FleetOne, Electronic Funds Source LLC and WEX Health.

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