Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE:EEX) and EVO Payments (NASDAQ:EVOP) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Emerald Expositions Events and EVO Payments, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Emerald Expositions Events 0 5 0 0 2.00
EVO Payments 0 6 3 0 2.33

Emerald Expositions Events presently has a consensus target price of $19.67, suggesting a potential upside of 39.18%. EVO Payments has a consensus target price of $23.75, suggesting a potential downside of 1.17%. Given Emerald Expositions Events’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Emerald Expositions Events is more favorable than EVO Payments.

Profitability

This table compares Emerald Expositions Events and EVO Payments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Emerald Expositions Events 29.36% 12.55% 5.87%
EVO Payments N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Emerald Expositions Events pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. EVO Payments 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 Emerald Expositions Events and EVO Payments’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Emerald Expositions Events $341.70 million 3.02 $81.80 million $1.11 12.73
EVO Payments $504.75 million 3.81 -$40.24 million N/A N/A

Emerald Expositions Events has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EVO Payments.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.9% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.6% of EVO Payments shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Emerald Expositions Events beats EVO Payments on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

EVO Payments Company Profile

EVO Payments, Inc. operates as an integrated merchant acquirer and payment processor servicing approximately 525,000 merchants. The company processes approximately 900 million transactions in North America and approximately 1.7 billion transactions in Europe. Its payment and commerce solutions consist of gateway solutions, online fraud prevention and management reporting, online hosted payments page capabilities, security tokenization, and encryption solutions at the point-of-sale and online; dynamic currency conversion; loyalty offers; and other ancillary solutions. The company also offers processing capabilities for specific industries and provides merchants with recurring billing, multi-currency authorization, and settlement and cross-border processing. In addition, it provides other services that enable through technical integrations with third-party providers. EVO Payments, Inc. operates as an intermediary between merchants and card networks. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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