FleetCor Technologies (NYSE: FLT) and Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.3% of FleetCor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of FleetCor Technologies shares are owned by company 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 current ratings and recommmendations for FleetCor Technologies and Heartland Payment Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FleetCor Technologies 0 1 13 1 3.00
Heartland Payment Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

FleetCor Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $177.86, suggesting a potential upside of 23.33%. Given FleetCor Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe FleetCor Technologies is more favorable than Heartland Payment Systems.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FleetCor Technologies and Heartland Payment Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FleetCor Technologies $1.94 billion 6.86 $981.64 million $4.88 29.55
Heartland Payment Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

FleetCor Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Heartland Payment Systems.

Profitability

This table compares FleetCor Technologies and Heartland Payment Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FleetCor Technologies 23.89% 20.20% 6.78%
Heartland Payment Systems 3.25% 27.90% 6.09%

Summary

FleetCor Technologies beats Heartland Payment Systems on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FleetCor Technologies

FleetCor Technologies, Inc. is a provider of workforce payment products. The Company offers fuel card payments product solutions, corporate payments products, toll products, lodging cards and gift cards. The Company operates through two segments: North America and International. Its products are sold to businesses, retailers, oil companies and marketers and government entities. Its payment programs enable its customers to manage and control their commercial payments, card programs, and employee spending and provide card-accepting merchants with a customer base that can increase their sales and customer loyalty. The Company also provides a suite of fleet related and workforce payment products, including mobile telematics services, fleet maintenance management and employee benefit and transportation related payments. As of December 31, 2016, its products were used in 53 countries around the world, with its primary geographies in the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

About Heartland Payment Systems

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides payment processing services to merchants. The Company‚Äôs electronic payment processing services facilitate the exchange of information and funds between merchants and cardholders’ financial institutions. Its segments include Payment Processing, which offers card payment processing and related services to its small and medium-sized enterprise merchants and Network Services merchants; Campus Solutions, which offers payment processing, integrated commerce solutions, loan services and open- and closed-loop payment solutions to institutions of higher education; Heartland School Solutions, which offers school nutrition and point of sale solutions and associated payment solutions to K-12 schools; Heartland Payroll Solutions, which provides payroll processing and related tax filing services, and Other, including integrated payments solutions for small ticket merchants, and loyalty and gift card marketing solutions.

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