Financial Survey: Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Curo Group (CURO)

Nasdaq (NASDAQ: NDAQ) and Curo Group (NYSE:CURO) are both financials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nasdaq 6.72% 12.69% 4.80%
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Nasdaq pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. Nasdaq pays out 100.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nasdaq and Curo Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nasdaq $3.71 billion 3.65 $108.00 million $1.51 53.88
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A $1.17 13.94

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Nasdaq and Curo Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nasdaq 1 6 2 0 2.11
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

Nasdaq presently has a consensus price target of $79.39, indicating a potential downside of 2.42%. Curo Group has a consensus price target of $19.67, indicating a potential upside of 20.58%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than Nasdaq.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.9% of Nasdaq shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Curo Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Nasdaq shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Nasdaq beats Curo Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq) is a holding company. The Company is a provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public company services. It manages, operates and provides its products and services through four segments: Market Services, Corporate Services, Information Services and Market Technology. Its global offerings include trading and clearing across various asset classes, trade management services, data products, financial indexes, capital formation solutions, corporate solutions, and market technology products and services. Its technology markets across the globe, supporting equity derivative trading, clearing and settlement, cash equity trading, fixed income trading and various other functions. Its Market Services segment include its equity derivative trading and clearing, cash equity trading, fixed income clearing corporation and trade management services businesses. Its Corporate Solutions business serves corporate clients.

About Curo Group

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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