Total System Services (NYSE: TSS) is one of 183 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Total System Services to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Total System Services pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Total System Services pays out 23.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 37.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Total System Services and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Total System Services 1 10 15 0 2.54
Total System Services Competitors 744 4653 7408 167 2.54

Total System Services presently has a consensus target price of $69.17, suggesting a potential downside of 9.59%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 5.00%. Given Total System Services’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Total System Services has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Total System Services and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Total System Services $4.17 billion $319.63 million 34.00
Total System Services Competitors $2.79 billion $290.02 million 323.32

Total System Services has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Total System Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Total System Services and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Total System Services 8.73% 26.25% 9.23%
Total System Services Competitors -20.53% -255.25% -4.33%

Volatility and Risk

Total System Services has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Total System Services’ competitors have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.1% of Total System Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Total System Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Total System Services beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Total System Services Company Profile

Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS) is a payment solutions provider that provides payment processing services, merchant services and related payment services to financial and non-financial institutions. The Company’s segments include North America Services, Merchant Services, NetSpend and International Services. In addition, it provides general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid and payroll cards, and alternative financial service solutions to the underbanked and other consumers. The Company’s Merchant Services segment provides third party processing services to merchant acquirers and Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs) and financial institutions. The Company’s NetSpend segment is engaged in the provision and sale of prepaid access devices, such as its GPR prepaid debit cards. The Company’s services and solutions include Issuing Services, Acquiring Services, Prepaid Solutions and Merchant Solutions.

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