Planet Payment (NASDAQ: PLPM) and CardConnect Corp (NASDAQ:CCN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.6% of Planet Payment shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.6% of CardConnect Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.2% of Planet Payment shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 48.3% of CardConnect Corp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Planet Payment and CardConnect Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Planet Payment 48.14% 25.86% 16.37%
CardConnect Corp -1.00% N/A -3.75%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Planet Payment and CardConnect Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Planet Payment $52.79 million 4.10 $12.12 million $0.47 9.36
CardConnect Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Planet Payment has higher revenue and earnings than CardConnect Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Planet Payment and CardConnect Corp, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Planet Payment 0 0 1 0 3.00
CardConnect Corp 0 2 4 0 2.67

CardConnect Corp has a consensus target price of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.31%. Given CardConnect Corp’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CardConnect Corp is more favorable than Planet Payment.


Planet Payment beats CardConnect Corp on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Planet Payment

Planet Payment, Inc. is a provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services. The Company operates through two segments: multi-currency processing services and payment processing services. Its multi-currency processing services segment includes Pay In Your Currency, Multi-Currency Pricing and Dynamic Currency Conversion at automated teller machines, enable merchants to offer customized pricing in multiple currencies. Its payment processing services consist of end-to-end authorization, capture, clearing and settlement services to its customers along with localized language support and online access to reconciliation, reporting and analytics services. It provides its services to approximately 118,000 active merchant locations in over 20 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through its acquiring bank and processor customers.

About CardConnect Corp

CardConnect Corp., formerly FinTech Acquisition Corp., is a holding company. The Company holds interests in CardConnect, LLC. The Company is a provider of payment processing solutions to merchants throughout the United States. The Company’s segments include Merchant Acquiring Services and Other. The Company’s platform allows it to provide payment solutions, customer support and tools for its distribution partners and merchants. Its solutions and services enable distribution partners to manage their business and for merchants to securely accept electronic payments. Its Merchant Acquiring services business involves providing end-to-end electronic payment processing services to merchants by facilitating the exchange of information and funds between them and cardholders’ financial institutions. It undertakes or facilitates through third parties, merchant set-up and training, transaction authorization, settlement, merchant funding, merchant assistance and support, and risk management.

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