CardConnect Corp (NASDAQ: CCN) and Moneygram International (NASDAQ:MGI) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.6% of CardConnect Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.0% of Moneygram International shares are owned by institutional investors. 48.3% of CardConnect Corp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 49.5% of Moneygram International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CardConnect Corp and Moneygram International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CardConnect Corp -1.00% N/A -3.75%
Moneygram International 1.86% -14.19% 1.20%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CardConnect Corp and Moneygram International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CardConnect Corp N/A N/A N/A ($1.00) -15.05
Moneygram International $1.63 billion 0.49 $16.30 million $0.45 32.42

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for CardConnect Corp and Moneygram International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CardConnect Corp 0 2 4 0 2.67
Moneygram International 1 4 0 0 1.80

CardConnect Corp currently has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.31%. Moneygram International has a consensus target price of $16.21, indicating a potential upside of 11.13%. Given Moneygram International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Moneygram International is more favorable than CardConnect Corp.

Summary

Moneygram International beats CardConnect Corp on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

CardConnect Corp Company Profile

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.

Moneygram International Company Profile

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.

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