Moneygram International (NASDAQ: MGI) and Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Moneygram International has a beta of 1.92, meaning that its share price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heartland Payment Systems has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Moneygram International 1.86% -14.19% 1.20%
Heartland Payment Systems 3.25% 27.90% 6.09%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Moneygram International and Heartland Payment Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Moneygram International $1.63 billion 0.42 $16.30 million $0.45 27.73
Heartland Payment Systems N/A N/A N/A $2.27 45.41

Moneygram International has higher revenue and earnings than Heartland Payment Systems. Moneygram International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Heartland Payment Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Moneygram International and Heartland Payment Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Moneygram International 2 4 0 0 1.67
Heartland Payment Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Moneygram International presently has a consensus price target of $16.21, suggesting a potential upside of 29.91%. Given Moneygram International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Moneygram International is more favorable than Heartland Payment Systems.

Dividends

Heartland Payment Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Moneygram International does not pay a dividend. Heartland Payment Systems pays out 17.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Heartland Payment Systems has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.1% of Moneygram International shares are held by institutional investors. 49.5% of Moneygram International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Heartland Payment Systems beats Moneygram International on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Moneygram International

MoneyGram International, Inc. (MoneyGram) is a global provider of money transfer services. The Company operates through two segments: Global Funds Transfer and Financial Paper Products. The Company offers its services under the MoneyGram brand. The Company’s Global Funds Transfer Segment provides money transfer services and bill payment services primarily to unbanked and underbanked consumers. The Financial Paper Products Segment provides money orders to consumers through its agents and financial institutions located across the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company’s offerings include money transfers, bill payment services, money order services and official check processing. The Company’s money transfer services enable its consumers to send and receive funds across the world through its global network of locations. The Company also offers Digital/Self-Service solutions, such as moneygram.com, mobile solutions, account deposit and kiosk-based services.

About Heartland Payment Systems

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides payment processing services to merchants. The Company’s 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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