Net 1 UEPS Technologies (NASDAQ: UEPS) and Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Net 1 UEPS Technologies and Global Payments’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Net 1 UEPS Technologies $606.27 million 0.89 $156.03 million $1.63 5.81
Global Payments $4.19 billion 3.41 $1.15 billion $1.63 57.52

Global Payments has higher revenue and earnings than Net 1 UEPS Technologies. Net 1 UEPS Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Global Payments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Global Payments pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. Net 1 UEPS Technologies does not pay a dividend. Global Payments pays out 3.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Net 1 UEPS Technologies and Global Payments, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Net 1 UEPS Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Global Payments 1 2 18 0 2.81

Global Payments has a consensus target price of $94.26, indicating a potential upside of 0.54%. Given Global Payments’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Global Payments is more favorable than Net 1 UEPS Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Net 1 UEPS Technologies and Global Payments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Net 1 UEPS Technologies 14.19% 15.31% 7.86%
Global Payments 6.65% 18.32% 5.26%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.9% of Net 1 UEPS Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.6% of Global Payments shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of Net 1 UEPS Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Global Payments 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.

Volatility and Risk

Net 1 UEPS Technologies has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Payments has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Global Payments beats Net 1 UEPS Technologies on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Net 1 UEPS Technologies Company Profile

Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. is a provider of payment solutions, transaction processing services and financial technology across multiple industries. The Company develops and markets a transaction processing solution that encompasses its smart card-based alternative payment system for the unbanked and under-banked populations of developing economies and for mobile transaction channels. The Company operates through three segments: South African transaction processing, International transaction processing, and Financial inclusion and applied technologies. The Company also provides secure transaction technology solutions and services, by offering transaction processing, financial and clinical risk management solutions to various industries. It offers secure online transaction processing, cryptography, mobile telephony, integrated circuit card (chip/smart card) technologies, and the design and provision of financial and value-added services to its cardholder base.

Global Payments Company Profile

Global Payments Inc. is a provider of payment technology services. The Company provides payment and digital commerce solutions. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company’s segments primarily provide payment solutions for credit cards, debit cards, electronic payments and check-related services. The Company’s segments target customers in various industries, including financial services, gaming, government, healthcare, professional services, restaurants, retail, universities, not-for-profit organizations and utilities. It provides services across a range of channels to merchants and partners in over 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil. The Company performs a series of services, including authorization, electronic draft capture, file transfers to facilitate funds settlement and certain exception-based, back office support services, such as chargeback and retrieval resolution.

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