Paypal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPLV) and The KEYW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.3% of The KEYW Holding Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of The KEYW Holding Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Paypal Holdings and The KEYW Holding Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paypal Holdings 12.91% 10.50% 4.63%
The KEYW Holding Corporation -6.39% -1.67% -0.92%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Paypal Holdings and The KEYW Holding Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paypal Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
The KEYW Holding Corporation $282.64 million 1.32 $18.86 million ($0.44) -17.32

The KEYW Holding Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Paypal Holdings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Paypal Holdings and The KEYW Holding Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paypal Holdings 0 1 3 0 2.75
The KEYW Holding Corporation 0 2 3 0 2.60

Paypal Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $47.25, suggesting a potential upside of 23.08%. The KEYW Holding Corporation has a consensus price target of $12.33, suggesting a potential upside of 61.85%. Given The KEYW Holding Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe The KEYW Holding Corporation is more favorable than Paypal Holdings.

Paypal Holdings Company Profile

PayPal Holdings, Inc. is a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants. The Company’s combined payment solutions, including its PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom and Paydiant products, compose its Payments Platform. It operates a two-sided global technology platform that links its customers, both merchants and consumers, around the globe to facilitate the processing of payment transactions, allowing it to connect merchants and consumers. It allows its customers to use their account for both purchase and paying for goods, as well as to transfer and withdraw funds. It enables consumers to exchange funds with merchants using funding sources, which include bank account, PayPal account balance, PayPal Credit account, credit and debit card or other stored value products. It offers consumers person-to-person payment solutions through its PayPal Website and mobile application, Venmo and Xoom.

The KEYW Holding Corporation Company Profile

The KeyW Holding Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the full spectrum of the Intelligence, cyber and counterterrorism communities missions. It operates through Government Solutions segment. Its solutions are designed to meet the needs of agile intelligence and the United States government national security priorities through a range of cyber operations and training, geospatial intelligence, cloud and data analytics, engineering, and intelligence analysis and operations offerings. Its Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance solution suite is deployed from a sensor delivery platform. It includes products, including electro-optical, hyperspectral and synthetic aperture radar sensors, and other products that it manufactures and integrates with hardware and software to meet evolving intelligence mission requirements.

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