QIWI PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) and Planet Payment (NASDAQ:PLPM) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

14.6% of QIWI PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.6% of Planet Payment shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.2% of Planet Payment shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares QIWI PLC and Planet Payment’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QIWI PLC N/A N/A N/A $0.75 21.89
Planet Payment $52.79 million 4.09 $12.12 million $0.47 9.32

Planet Payment has higher revenue and earnings than QIWI PLC. Planet Payment is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than QIWI PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

QIWI PLC has a beta of 3.35, indicating that its stock price is 235% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Planet Payment has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for QIWI PLC and Planet Payment, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QIWI PLC 0 2 2 0 2.50
Planet Payment 0 0 1 0 3.00

QIWI PLC presently has a consensus price target of $22.67, indicating a potential upside of 38.04%. Given QIWI PLC’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe QIWI PLC is more favorable than Planet Payment.


QIWI PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Planet Payment does not pay a dividend. QIWI PLC pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QIWI PLC 14.88% 22.31% 12.32%
Planet Payment 48.14% 25.86% 16.37%


Planet Payment beats QIWI PLC on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

QIWI PLC Company Profile

QIWI plc is a provider of payment services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Company’s network enables payment services across physical, online and mobile channels. The Company operates in target markets and customer segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had deployed over 17.2 million virtual wallets, over 162,000 kiosks and terminals, and enabled merchants to accept over Russian rubles 70 billion cash and electronic payments monthly. The Company’s consumers can use cash, stored value and other electronic payment methods to order and pay for goods and services across physical or virtual environments interchangeably. The Company provides integrated network of physical distribution points and virtual wallets, as well as payment channels and methods that enable consumers to deposit cash, convert it into a digital form and transfer the funds to a virtual wallet or pay for any merchant in its network.

Planet Payment Company Profile

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.

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