CardConnect Corp. (NASDAQ: CCN) and Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CardConnect Corp. and Heartland Payment Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CardConnect Corp. $615.96 million 0.76 $26.98 million N/A N/A
Heartland Payment Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

CardConnect Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Heartland Payment Systems.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CardConnect Corp. and Heartland Payment Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CardConnect Corp. 0 2 4 0 2.67
Heartland Payment Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

CardConnect Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.67%. Given CardConnect Corp.’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe CardConnect Corp. is more favorable than Heartland Payment Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

31.6% of CardConnect Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 48.3% of CardConnect Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares CardConnect Corp. and Heartland Payment Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CardConnect Corp. N/A -15.52% 3.09%
Heartland Payment Systems 3.25% 27.90% 6.09%

Summary

CardConnect Corp. beats Heartland Payment Systems on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CardConnect Corp.

CardConnect Corp., formerly FinTech Acquisition Corp., is a holding company. The Company holds interests in CardConnect, LLC. The Company is a provider of payment processing solutions to merchants throughout the United States. The Company’s segments include Merchant Acquiring Services and Other. The Company’s platform allows it to provide payment solutions, customer support and tools for its distribution partners and merchants. Its solutions and services enable distribution partners to manage their business and for merchants to securely accept electronic payments. Its Merchant Acquiring services business involves providing end-to-end electronic payment processing services to merchants by facilitating the exchange of information and funds between them and cardholders’ financial institutions. It undertakes or facilitates through third parties, merchant set-up and training, transaction authorization, settlement, merchant funding, merchant assistance and support, and risk management.

About Heartland Payment Systems

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides payment processing services to merchants. The Company‚Äôs electronic payment processing services facilitate the exchange of information and funds between merchants and cardholders’ financial institutions. Its segments include Payment Processing, which offers card payment processing and related services to its small and medium-sized enterprise merchants and Network Services merchants; Campus Solutions, which offers payment processing, integrated commerce solutions, loan services and open- and closed-loop payment solutions to institutions of higher education; Heartland School Solutions, which offers school nutrition and point of sale solutions and associated payment solutions to K-12 schools; Heartland Payroll Solutions, which provides payroll processing and related tax filing services, and Other, including integrated payments solutions for small ticket merchants, and loyalty and gift card marketing solutions.

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