Head to Head Review: Cass Information Systems (CASS) vs. Its Competitors

Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ: CASS) is one of 30 public companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Cass Information Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cass Information Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cass Information Systems 18.49% 12.22% 1.75%
Cass Information Systems Competitors 8.13% 11.60% 3.65%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cass Information Systems and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cass Information Systems $135.30 million $25.01 million 28.63
Cass Information Systems Competitors $2.31 billion $225.84 million 847.84

Cass Information Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Cass Information Systems. Cass Information Systems 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.

Risk and Volatility

Cass Information Systems has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cass Information Systems’ competitors have a beta of 1.25, meaning that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cass Information Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cass Information Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cass Information Systems Competitors 149 765 1102 17 2.49

As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 12.38%. Given Cass Information Systems’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cass Information Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Cass Information Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cass Information Systems pays out 47.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 49.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cass Information Systems has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years. Cass Information Systems is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

47.4% of Cass Information Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Cass Information Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.9% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned by company 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

Cass Information Systems competitors beat Cass Information Systems on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Cass Information Systems

Cass Information Systems, Inc. (Cass) is a provider of payment and information processing services to manufacturing, distribution and retail enterprises across the United States with operating locations in Missouri, Ohio, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Florida. The Company provides transportation invoice rating, payment processing, auditing, accounting and transportation information. It is also a processor and payer of energy invoices, including electricity, gas, waste, and other facility related expenses. The Company operates in two segments: Information Services and Banking Services. The Information Services segment provides transportation, energy, telecommunication, and environmental invoice processing and payment services to large corporations. The Banking Services segment provides banking services primarily to privately held businesses and churches. The Company, through its bank subsidiary, Cass Commercial Bank (the Bank), provides commercial banking services.

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