International Money Express (NASDAQ:IMXI) and Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE:EEX) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

Emerald Expositions Events pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. International Money Express does not pay a dividend. Emerald Expositions Events pays out 26.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares International Money Express and Emerald Expositions Events’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Money Express N/A N/A -$180,000.00 N/A N/A
Emerald Expositions Events $341.70 million 3.14 $81.80 million $1.11 13.24

Emerald Expositions Events has higher revenue and earnings than International Money Express.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.2% of International Money Express shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.9% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares International Money Express and Emerald Expositions Events’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Money Express N/A -0.13% -0.12%
Emerald Expositions Events 29.36% 12.55% 5.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for International Money Express and Emerald Expositions Events, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Money Express 0 0 3 0 3.00
Emerald Expositions Events 0 5 0 0 2.00

International Money Express currently has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.04%. Emerald Expositions Events has a consensus target price of $19.67, indicating a potential upside of 33.79%. Given Emerald Expositions Events’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Emerald Expositions Events is more favorable than International Money Express.

Summary

Emerald Expositions Events beats International Money Express on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

International Money Express Company Profile

International Money Express, Inc. operates as a processor of money transfer services. The company offers wire transfer, money order, and cash checking services. It uses a proprietary financial technology that enables consumers to send money from the United States to 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico and Guatemala. The company offers wire transfer and other processing services to its customers through its network of 85,000 sending and paying agents. It also provides its services digitally through intermexonline.com. International Money Express, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices in Puebla, Mexico, and Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Emerald Expositions Events Company Profile

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. operates business-to-business (B2B) trade shows in the United States. The company operates trade shows in various industry sectors, including gift, home and general merchandise; sports; design and construction; technology; jewelry; and others comprising photography, food, healthcare, industrials, and military. It also operates events across various formats, such as B2B conferences, hosted buyer events, B2C events, summits, awards, and luxury private sales. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California.

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