Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV) and Atento (NYSE:ATTO) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Vantiv and Atento’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vantiv||$3.58 billion||3.57||$213.20 million||$1.45||49.60|
Atento pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Vantiv does not pay a dividend. Atento pays out 242.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
94.7% of Atento shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Vantiv shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
Vantiv has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atento has a beta of -0.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Vantiv and Atento’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Vantiv and Atento, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Vantiv presently has a consensus target price of $77.04, suggesting a potential upside of 7.12%. Atento has a consensus target price of $14.67, suggesting a potential upside of 49.66%. Given Atento’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Atento is more favorable than Vantiv.
Vantiv beats Atento on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Atento S.A. is a provider of customer-relationship management and business-process outsourcing (CRM BPO) services and solutions in Latin America. The Company offers a portfolio of CRM BPO services, including customer care, sales, collections, back office and technical support. The Company operates through three segments: EMEA, Americas and Brazil. Its services and solutions are delivered across multiple channels including digital (short message service (SMS), e-mail, chats, social media and applications, among others) and voice, and are enabled by process design, technology and intelligence functions. The Company also has client relationships across a range of industries working in sectors, such as telecommunications, banking and financial services and multi-sector, which comprise the consumer goods, services, public administration, pay television, healthcare, transportation, technology and media industries.
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