Total System Services (NYSE: TSS) and (NASDAQ:MLNK) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.2% of Total System Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Total System Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Total System Services and , as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Total System Services 1 11 16 0 2.54
0 0 0 0 N/A

Total System Services presently has a consensus target price of $81.64, suggesting a potential downside of 6.77%.


Total System Services pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. does not pay a dividend. Total System Services pays out 16.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Total System Services and ‘s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Total System Services $4.93 billion 3.23 $586.18 million $3.16 27.71

Total System Services has higher revenue and earnings than .


This table compares Total System Services and ‘s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Total System Services 11.90% 26.50% 9.48%


Total System Services beats on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Total System Services Company Profile

Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS) is a payment solutions provider that provides payment processing services, merchant services and related payment services to financial and non-financial institutions. The Company’s segments include North America Services, Merchant Services, NetSpend and International Services. In addition, it provides general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid and payroll cards, and alternative financial service solutions to the underbanked and other consumers. The Company’s Merchant Services segment provides third party processing services to merchant acquirers and Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs) and financial institutions. The Company’s NetSpend segment is engaged in the provision and sale of prepaid access devices, such as its GPR prepaid debit cards. The Company’s services and solutions include Issuing Services, Acquiring Services, Prepaid Solutions and Merchant Solutions.

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