Analyzing Curo Group (CURO) & MarketAxess (MKTX)

MarketAxess (NASDAQ: MKTX) and Curo Group (NYSE:CURO) are both financial & commodity market operators – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MarketAxess and Curo Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MarketAxess $369.92 million 19.89 $126.17 million $3.89 50.38
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

MarketAxess has higher revenue and earnings than Curo Group.

Dividends

MarketAxess pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. MarketAxess pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares MarketAxess and Curo Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MarketAxess 37.67% 30.12% 27.26%
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for MarketAxess and Curo Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MarketAxess 0 5 1 0 2.17
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

MarketAxess presently has a consensus target price of $197.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.52%. Curo Group has a consensus target price of $19.67, suggesting a potential upside of 19.92%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than MarketAxess.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.7% of MarketAxess shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Curo Group shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of MarketAxess shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

MarketAxess beats Curo Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

MarketAxess Company Profile

MarketAxess Holdings Inc. operates an electronic trading platform that enables fixed-income market participants to trade corporate bonds and other types of fixed-income instruments using its trading technology. Institutional investor and broker-dealer firms are users of trading platform, accessing global liquidity in the United States corporate bonds, emerging markets and high-yield bonds, European bonds, the United States agency bonds, municipal bonds, credit default swaps and other fixed-income securities. Through Open Trading protocols, it executes trades in certain bonds between and among institutional investor and broker-dealer clients in a trading environment on a matched principal basis. It offers trading-related products and services, including market data to assist clients with trading decisions; connectivity solutions that facilitate straight-through processing; technology services to optimize trading environments, and execution services for exchange-traded fund managers.

Curo Group Company Profile

CURO Group Holdings Corp. is a technology enabled and diversified consumer finance company. The Company operates in the United States under two principal brands, Speedy Cash and Rapid Cash, and Avio Credit. In the United Kingdom, the Company operates online as Wage Day Advance and Juo Loans. The Company has three reportable operating segments: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company offers a broad range of consumer finance products, including Unsecured Installment Loans, Secured Installment Loans, Open-End Loans and Single-Pay Loans.

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