International Money Express (NASDAQ:IMXI) and B. Riley Financial (NASDAQ:RILY) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

International Money Express has a beta of -0.01, suggesting that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B. Riley Financial has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.9% of International Money Express shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.8% of B. Riley Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 43.1% of International Money Express shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.6% of B. Riley Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for International Money Express and B. Riley Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Money Express 0 5 3 0 2.38
B. Riley Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

International Money Express currently has a consensus price target of $14.42, suggesting a potential upside of 65.90%. Given International Money Express’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe International Money Express is more favorable than B. Riley Financial.

Profitability

This table compares International Money Express and B. Riley Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Money Express 6.14% 58.31% 11.20%
B. Riley Financial 12.52% 31.40% 4.64%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares International Money Express and B. Riley Financial’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Money Express $319.60 million 1.03 $19.61 million $0.82 10.60
B. Riley Financial $652.11 million 0.64 $81.61 million N/A N/A

B. Riley Financial has higher revenue and earnings than International Money Express.

Summary

International Money Express beats B. Riley Financial on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

International Money Express Company Profile

International Money Express, Inc., through its subsidiary, operates as a money remittance services company in the United States, Latin America, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The company offers remittance services, including a suite of ancillary financial processing solutions and payment services. It provides services through sending and paying agents and company-operated stores, as well as through online and Internet-enabled mobile devices. The company was formerly known as FinTech Acquisition Corp. II. International Money Express, Inc. is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

B. Riley Financial Company Profile

B. Riley Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides collaborative financial services and solutions in North America, Australia, and Europe. The company operates in four segments: Capital Markets, Auction and Liquidation, Valuation and Appraisal, and Principal Investments – United Online and magicJack. It offers investment banking services, including merger and acquisitions, restructuring advisory, initial and secondary public offerings, and institutional private placements; and corporate finance, research, securities lending, wealth management, and sales and trading services to corporate, institutional, and high net worth clients. The company also provides retail store liquidation, and wholesale and industrial assets disposition services; valuation and appraisal services to financial institutions, lenders, private equity firms, and other providers of capital; and consumer subscription services consisting of Internet access services and devices under the NetZero and Juno brands, as well as voice over IP cloud-based technology and communication services. In addition, it offers advisory services to private funds, and institutional and high net worth investors; multi-family office practice and wealth management services to ultra-high net worth individuals and families; and senior secured and second lien secured loans to middle market public and the private U.S. companies. The company was formerly known as Great American Group, Inc. and changed its name to B. Riley Financial, Inc. in November 2014. B. Riley Financial, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Woodland Hills, California.

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