Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV) and G&K Services (NASDAQ:GKSR) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Vantiv and G&K Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vantiv 0 8 17 0 2.68
G&K Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vantiv presently has a consensus price target of $74.91, suggesting a potential upside of 4.14%. Given Vantiv’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Vantiv is more favorable than G&K Services.

Profitability

This table compares Vantiv and G&K Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vantiv 5.58% 33.54% 8.00%
G&K Services 3.79% 9.12% 4.03%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vantiv and G&K Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vantiv $3.80 billion 3.05 $880.01 million $1.29 55.76
G&K Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Vantiv has higher revenue and earnings than G&K Services.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.2% of Vantiv shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Vantiv shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Vantiv beats G&K Services on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vantiv Company Profile

Vantiv, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider. The Company enables merchants to accept and process credit, debit and prepaid payments, and provide them supporting value-added services, such as security solutions and fraud management, information solutions and interchange management. It also provides payment services to financial institutions, such as card issuer processing, payment network processing, fraud protection, card production, prepaid program management, automated teller machine (ATM) driving and network gateway and switching services that utilize the Company’s Jeanie personal identification number (PIN) debit payment network.

G&K Services Company Profile

G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused provider of branded uniform and facility services programs. The Company provides a range of workwear and protective safety apparel through rental and direct purchase programs. The Company also supplies various facility products and services, including floor mats, towels, mops, restroom hygiene products, and first aid supplies. It also manufactures certain work apparel garments that are used to support its garment rental and direct purchase programs. It operates in two segments: United States (includes the Dominican Republic) and Canada. The Company operated from approximately 160 locations, as of July 2, 2016. The Company serves a diverse base of customer locations in various industries, including automotive, warehousing, distribution, transportation, energy, manufacturing, food processing, retail, restaurants, construction and trades, hospitality, government, healthcare and others.

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