WEX (NYSE: WEX) is one of 31 public companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare WEX to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This table compares WEX and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares WEX and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|WEX||$1.17 billion||$377.31 million||72.01|
|WEX Competitors||$1.59 billion||$466.83 million||29.40|
WEX’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than WEX. WEX is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for WEX and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
WEX currently has a consensus target price of $122.30, indicating a potential upside of 2.32%. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.22%. Given WEX’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe WEX has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
56.6% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of WEX shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.9% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility & Risk
WEX has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WEX’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.
WEX competitors beat WEX on 10 of the 13 factors compared.
WEX Inc. is a provider of corporate payment solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Fleet Solutions, Travel and Corporate Solutions, and Health and Employee Benefit Solutions. The Fleet Solutions segment provides customers with payment and transaction processing services designed for the needs of commercial and government fleets. The Travel and Corporate Solutions segment focuses on the complex payment environment of business-to-business payments, providing customers with payment processing solutions for their corporate payment and transaction monitoring needs. The Health and Employee Benefit Solutions segment provides healthcare payment products and software as a service consumer directed platforms, as well as payroll related benefits to customers in Brazil. The United States operations include the Company and its subsidiaries WEX Bank, WEX FleetOne, Electronic Funds Source LLC and WEX Health.
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