eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Points International (NASDAQ:PCOM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

eBay has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Points International has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares eBay and Points International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
eBay $9.06 billion 4.43 $2.94 billion $6.98 5.31
Points International $330.94 million 0.38 $9.54 million ($0.10) -84.60

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for eBay and Points International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
eBay 1 20 14 0 2.37
Points International 0 0 3 0 3.00

eBay presently has a consensus price target of $36.18, indicating a potential downside of 2.42%. Points International has a consensus price target of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 59.57%. Given Points International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Points International is more favorable than eBay.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.0% of eBay shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.0% of Points International shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.8% of eBay shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares eBay and Points International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
eBay 86.31% 20.44% 8.12%
Points International -0.47% 7.94% 3.45%

Summary

eBay beats Points International on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About eBay

eBay Inc. (eBay) is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. Its platforms enable sellers around the world to organize and offer their inventory for sale, and buyers to find and purchase it. Its platforms are accessible through an online experience (desktop and laptop computers), from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and by application programming interface (API) (platform access for third-party software developers). The Company’s Marketplace platforms include its online marketplace located at www.ebay.com, localized counterparts and the eBay mobile applications. The Company’s StubHub platforms include its online ticket platform located at www.stubhub.com, the StubHub mobile applications and Ticketbis. The Company’s Classifieds platforms include a collection of brands, such as Mobile.de, Kijiji, Gumtree, Marktplaats, eBay Kleinanzeigen and others.

About Points International

Points International Ltd. (Points) provides a range of e-commerce and technology services to loyalty program operators using a common infrastructure. These services include a range of white label or private branded e-commerce services (Loyalty Currency Services) that enable the sale of loyalty currencies (such as frequent flyer miles, hotel points and credit card points), both retail and wholesale, and support the loyalty program consumer offerings and their back end operations. The Company offers the consumer-focused Points Loyalty Wallet that allows users to track, manage and access multiple loyalty rewards programs through the Points.com Website. It also offers Points Travel, which is private label travel e-commerce platform designed specifically for the loyalty industry. The Company operates the PointsHound.com Website, a hotel booking engine and loyalty currency aggregator built specifically for frequent travelers.

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