Reviewing Curo Group (CURO) & CME Group (CME)

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.7% of Curo Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.7% of CME Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of CME Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A
CME Group 111.49% 7.68% 2.11%

Dividends

CME Group pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. CME Group pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Curo Group $963.63 million 0.77 $49.15 million $1.10 15.10
CME Group $3.64 billion 14.59 $4.06 billion $11.94 13.14

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Curo Group and CME Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00
CME Group 0 3 9 0 2.75

Curo Group presently has a consensus target price of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 23.42%. CME Group has a consensus target price of $158.36, suggesting a potential upside of 0.97%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than CME Group.

Summary

CME Group beats Curo Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About CME Group

CME Group Inc., through its exchanges, provides products across all asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The Company’s segment primarily consists of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME), Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc. (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) exchanges. The Company provides electronic trading around the globe on its CME Globex platform. The Company also offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives through its clearinghouses CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe. It also provides hosting, connectivity and customer support for electronic trading through its co-location services. The Company’s CME Direct platform offers side-by-side trading of exchange-listed and privately negotiated markets.

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