Financial Review: USA Technologies (USAT) & Its Rivals
USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) is one of 204 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare USA Technologies to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Volatility and Risk
USA Technologies has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 1.13, suggesting that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares USA Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|USA Technologies Competitors||-19.69%||-51.93%||-3.66%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares USA Technologies and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|USA Technologies||$104.09 million||-$1.85 million||-127.47|
|USA Technologies Competitors||$2.74 billion||$282.94 million||181.33|
USA Technologies’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than USA Technologies. USA Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for USA Technologies and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|USA Technologies Competitors||705||4574||7308||163||2.54|
USA Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $7.25, indicating a potential upside of 13.73%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 1.99%. Given USA Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe USA Technologies is more favorable than its competitors.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
36.8% of USA Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of USA Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
USA Technologies Company Profile
USA Technologies, Inc. provides technology-enabled solutions and value-added services that facilitate electronic payment transactions within the unattended point of sale (POS) market. The Company is a provider in the small ticket, beverage and food vending industry and is also engaged in offering solutions and services to other unattended market segments, such as amusement, commercial laundry, kiosk and others. It has designed and marketed systems and solutions that facilitate electronic payment options, as well as telemetry and machine-to-machine (M2M) services, which include the ability to remotely monitor, control and report on the results of distributed assets containing its electronic payment solutions. The Company derives its revenues from license and transaction fees resulting from connections to, as well as services provided by, its ePort Connect service.
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