Head to Head Survey: Moneygram International (MGI) & Heartland Payment Systems (HPY)

Moneygram International (NASDAQ: MGI) and Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Moneygram International has a beta of 1.92, indicating that its share price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heartland Payment Systems has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Moneygram International and Heartland Payment Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Moneygram International 1.86% -14.19% 1.20%
Heartland Payment Systems 3.25% 27.90% 6.09%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Moneygram International and Heartland Payment Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Moneygram International $1.63 billion 0.42 $16.30 million $0.45 27.73
Heartland Payment Systems N/A N/A N/A $2.27 45.41

Moneygram International has higher revenue and earnings than Heartland Payment Systems. Moneygram International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Heartland Payment Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Moneygram International and Heartland Payment Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Moneygram International 2 4 0 0 1.67
Heartland Payment Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Moneygram International presently has a consensus price target of $16.21, suggesting a potential upside of 29.91%. Given Moneygram International’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Moneygram International is more favorable than Heartland Payment Systems.


Heartland Payment Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Moneygram International does not pay a dividend. Heartland Payment Systems pays out 17.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Heartland Payment Systems has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.1% of Moneygram International shares are owned by institutional investors. 49.5% of Moneygram International shares are owned 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.


Heartland Payment Systems beats Moneygram International on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Moneygram International

MoneyGram International, Inc. (MoneyGram) is a global provider of money transfer services. The Company operates through two segments: Global Funds Transfer and Financial Paper Products. The Company offers its services under the MoneyGram brand. The Company’s Global Funds Transfer Segment provides money transfer services and bill payment services primarily to unbanked and underbanked consumers. The Financial Paper Products Segment provides money orders to consumers through its agents and financial institutions located across the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company’s offerings include money transfers, bill payment services, money order services and official check processing. The Company’s money transfer services enable its consumers to send and receive funds across the world through its global network of locations. The Company also offers Digital/Self-Service solutions, such as moneygram.com, mobile solutions, account deposit and kiosk-based services.

About Heartland Payment Systems

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides payment processing services to merchants. The Company’s electronic payment processing services facilitate the exchange of information and funds between merchants and cardholders’ financial institutions. Its segments include Payment Processing, which offers card payment processing and related services to its small and medium-sized enterprise merchants and Network Services merchants; Campus Solutions, which offers payment processing, integrated commerce solutions, loan services and open- and closed-loop payment solutions to institutions of higher education; Heartland School Solutions, which offers school nutrition and point of sale solutions and associated payment solutions to K-12 schools; Heartland Payroll Solutions, which provides payroll processing and related tax filing services, and Other, including integrated payments solutions for small ticket merchants, and loyalty and gift card marketing solutions.

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