Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV) and Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Vantiv and Odyssey Marine Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vantiv 5.58% 33.54% 8.00%
Odyssey Marine Exploration N/A N/A -200.42%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Vantiv and Odyssey Marine Exploration, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vantiv 0 8 17 0 2.68
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vantiv presently has a consensus target price of $75.32, indicating a potential upside of 6.88%. Given Vantiv’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vantiv is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.2% of Vantiv shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Vantiv shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration 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.

Volatility & Risk

Vantiv has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.18, meaning that its share price is 218% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vantiv and Odyssey Marine Exploration’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vantiv $3.80 billion 2.99 $880.01 million $1.29 54.63
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.12 million 8.88 -$8.98 million ($1.11) -3.93

Vantiv has higher revenue and earnings than Odyssey Marine Exploration. Odyssey Marine Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vantiv, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Vantiv beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vantiv

Vantiv, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider. The Company enables merchants to accept and process credit, debit and prepaid payments, and provide them supporting value-added services, such as security solutions and fraud management, information solutions and interchange management. It also provides payment services to financial institutions, such as card issuer processing, payment network processing, fraud protection, card production, prepaid program management, automated teller machine (ATM) driving and network gateway and switching services that utilize the Company’s Jeanie personal identification number (PIN) debit payment network.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Odyssey) is a deep-ocean exploration company. The Company’s techniques are applied to mineral exploration, shipwreck cargo recovery, and other marine survey and exploration charter services. The Company is engaged in discovering shipwreck sites in the deep ocean and conducting archaeological excavations with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Its shipwreck discoveries include the SS Republic, HMS Victory, Black Swan, La Marquise de Tourny and other unidentified shipwrecks. The Company offers exploration services, including geophysical and geotechnical assessments of seabed mineral deposits to companies, including its subsidiaries and companies, in which it holds an equity position, as a resource development partner. The Company evaluates or explores various types of seabed mineral deposits, such as phosphorites, polymetallic nodules and seafloor massive sulfides. Odyssey offers its marine exploration services to third-party companies.

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