Points International (NASDAQ: PCOM) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Points International has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, eBay has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Points International and eBay’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Points International $330.94 million 0.38 $9.54 million ($0.10) -84.60
eBay $9.06 billion 4.43 $2.94 billion $6.98 5.31

eBay has higher revenue and earnings than Points International. Points International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than eBay, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Points International and eBay, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Points International 0 0 3 0 3.00
eBay 1 20 14 0 2.37

Points International currently has a consensus target price of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 59.57%. eBay has a consensus target price of $36.18, indicating a potential downside of 2.42%. Given Points International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Points International is more favorable than eBay.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.0% of Points International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.0% of eBay shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.8% of eBay shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Points International and eBay’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Points International -0.47% 7.94% 3.45%
eBay 86.31% 20.44% 8.12%


eBay beats Points International on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Points International

Points International Ltd. (Points) provides a range of e-commerce and technology services to loyalty program operators using a common infrastructure. These services include a range of white label or private branded e-commerce services (Loyalty Currency Services) that enable the sale of loyalty currencies (such as frequent flyer miles, hotel points and credit card points), both retail and wholesale, and support the loyalty program consumer offerings and their back end operations. The Company offers the consumer-focused Points Loyalty Wallet that allows users to track, manage and access multiple loyalty rewards programs through the Points.com Website. It also offers Points Travel, which is private label travel e-commerce platform designed specifically for the loyalty industry. The Company operates the PointsHound.com Website, a hotel booking engine and loyalty currency aggregator built specifically for frequent travelers.

About eBay

eBay Inc. (eBay) is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. Its platforms enable sellers around the world to organize and offer their inventory for sale, and buyers to find and purchase it. Its platforms are accessible through an online experience (desktop and laptop computers), from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and by application programming interface (API) (platform access for third-party software developers). The Company’s Marketplace platforms include its online marketplace located at www.ebay.com, localized counterparts and the eBay mobile applications. The Company’s StubHub platforms include its online ticket platform located at www.stubhub.com, the StubHub mobile applications and Ticketbis. The Company’s Classifieds platforms include a collection of brands, such as Mobile.de, Kijiji, Gumtree, Marktplaats, eBay Kleinanzeigen and others.

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