Higher One Holdings (NYSE: ONE) and Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Higher One Holdings and Mistras Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Higher One Holdings -26.77% -16.36% -10.01%
Mistras Group 2.69% 7.04% 4.06%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Higher One Holdings and Mistras Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Higher One Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.16 32.19
Mistras Group $680.81 million 0.76 $53.46 million $0.61 29.85

Mistras Group has higher revenue and earnings than Higher One Holdings. Mistras Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Higher One Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Higher One Holdings has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mistras Group has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

60.6% of Mistras Group shares are held by institutional investors. 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Higher One Holdings and Mistras Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Higher One Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mistras Group 0 4 2 0 2.33

Mistras Group has a consensus target price of $34.40, suggesting a potential upside of 88.91%. Given Mistras Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than Higher One Holdings.

Summary

Mistras Group beats Higher One Holdings on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Higher One Holdings Company Profile

Higher One Holdings, Inc. is a provider of technology-based payment processing and refund disbursement services to higher education institutions and their students. The Company also provides campus communities with student-oriented banking services, which include user-friendly features, through its bank partners. The Company operates through two segments: Disbursements and Payments. The Disbursements segment includes its Refund Management disbursement service, which is offered to higher education institution clients, and the OneAccount, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured online checking account that is offered to students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni. The Payments segment includes its CASHNet payment processing suite and its Campus Solutions suite, both of which enable higher education institutions to accept online payments, automate certain billing and processing functions, and offer tuition payment plans.

Mistras Group Company Profile

Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.

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