Reviewing Santander Consumer USA Holdings (SC) and SLM Corporation (SLM)
Santander Consumer USA Holdings (NYSE: SC) and SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.
Volatility and Risk
Santander Consumer USA Holdings has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SLM Corporation has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Santander Consumer USA Holdings and SLM Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Santander Consumer USA Holdings||10.17%||11.33%||1.62%|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Santander Consumer USA Holdings and SLM Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Santander Consumer USA Holdings||$6.53 billion||0.94||$766.46 million||$1.86||9.19|
|SLM Corporation||$1.15 billion||3.99||$250.32 million||$0.67||15.82|
Santander Consumer USA Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than SLM Corporation. Santander Consumer USA Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SLM Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
90.6% of Santander Consumer USA Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.8% of SLM Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Santander Consumer USA Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of SLM Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Santander Consumer USA Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. SLM Corporation does not pay a dividend. Santander Consumer USA Holdings pays out 6.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Santander Consumer USA Holdings and SLM Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Santander Consumer USA Holdings||0||5||7||0||2.58|
Santander Consumer USA Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $16.75, suggesting a potential downside of 1.99%. SLM Corporation has a consensus target price of $13.50, suggesting a potential upside of 27.36%. Given SLM Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SLM Corporation is more favorable than Santander Consumer USA Holdings.
SLM Corporation beats Santander Consumer USA Holdings on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Santander Consumer USA Holdings Company Profile
Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. is the holding company for Santander Consumer USA Inc., and subsidiaries, a consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance and third party servicing. The Company operates through Consumer Finance segment. Its Consumer Finance business is focused on vehicle financial products and services, including retail installment contracts, vehicle leases, and dealer loans, as well as financial products and services related to motorcycles, recreational vehicles (RVs), and marine vehicles. It also includes its personal loan and point-of-sale financing operations. The Company’s primary business is the indirect origination and securitization of retail installment contracts, principally through manufacturer-franchised dealers in connection with their sale of new and used vehicles to retail consumers. The Company offers auto financing products and services to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) customers and dealers under the Chrysler Capital brand.
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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