JetPay Corporation (NASDAQ: JTPY) and SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

JetPay Corporation has a beta of 0.14, meaning that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SLM Corporation has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares JetPay Corporation and SLM Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JetPay Corporation -4.47% -16.77% -0.80%
SLM Corporation 22.81% 16.31% 1.58%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares JetPay Corporation and SLM Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JetPay Corporation $70.19 million 0.32 $4.14 million ($0.69) -2.10
SLM Corporation $891.46 million 4.94 $267.56 million $0.62 16.47

SLM Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than JetPay Corporation. JetPay Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SLM Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.9% of JetPay Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of SLM Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 62.9% of JetPay Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of SLM Corporation shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for JetPay Corporation and SLM Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JetPay Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
SLM Corporation 1 1 5 0 2.57

SLM Corporation has a consensus target price of $12.93, indicating a potential upside of 26.63%. Given SLM Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SLM Corporation is more favorable than JetPay Corporation.

Summary

SLM Corporation beats JetPay Corporation on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

SLM Corporation Company Profile

SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) is the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Sallie Mae offers products, which promote personal finance including private education loans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, college financial planning tools, insurance, and online retail banking.

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