Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ: EEFT) is one of 29 public companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Euronet Worldwide to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Euronet Worldwide and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euronet Worldwide 8.23% 22.32% 7.95%
Euronet Worldwide Competitors 11.92% 18.20% 5.66%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.9% of Euronet Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.7% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Euronet Worldwide shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Euronet Worldwide and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Euronet Worldwide $2.05 billion $345.38 million 31.04
Euronet Worldwide Competitors $1.74 billion $513.51 million 28.31

Euronet Worldwide has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Euronet Worldwide is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Euronet Worldwide and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euronet Worldwide 0 0 5 0 3.00
Euronet Worldwide Competitors 151 801 1084 21 2.47

Euronet Worldwide presently has a consensus price target of $99.75, indicating a potential upside of 4.01%. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 11.61%. Given Euronet Worldwide’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Euronet Worldwide has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Euronet Worldwide has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euronet Worldwide’s peers have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Euronet Worldwide beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Euronet Worldwide

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. is an electronic payments provider. The Company offers payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. Its product offerings include automated teller machine (ATM), point-of-sale (POS), card outsourcing, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, electronic distribution of prepaid mobile airtime and other electronic payment products. It operates in three segments: EFT Processing Segment provides electronic payment solutions consisting of ATM cash withdrawal and deposit services, outsourced ATM and POS management solutions, and credit and debit card outsourcing; epay Segment provides electronic distribution and processing of prepaid mobile airtime and other electronic payment products and collection services, and Money Transfer Segment provides global consumer-to-consumer money transfer services and global account-to-account money transfer services.

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