Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Fiserv to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Fiserv shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Fiserv shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.9% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies 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.

Profitability

This table compares Fiserv and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fiserv 16.04% 41.79% 10.70%
Fiserv Competitors 10.78% 15.97% 5.23%

Volatility & Risk

Fiserv has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fiserv’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fiserv and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Fiserv $5.59 billion $1.75 billion 31.26
Fiserv Competitors $1.64 billion $481.00 million 29.32

Fiserv has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Fiserv 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Fiserv and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fiserv 0 8 5 0 2.38
Fiserv Competitors 117 698 1039 12 2.51

Fiserv presently has a consensus price target of $127.27, suggesting a potential downside of 0.47%. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.23%. Given Fiserv’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fiserv has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Fiserv competitors beat Fiserv on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Fiserv Company Profile

Fiserv, Inc. is a provider of financial services technology. The Company provides account processing systems; electronic payments processing products and services, such as electronic bill payments, transaction processing, account-to-account transfers, and person-to-person payments; Internet and mobile banking systems, and related services, including document and payment card production and distribution, and lending and risk management products and services. The Company operates through two segments: Payments and Industry Products and the Financial Institution Services. The Payments segment services include electronic bill payment and presentment services, Internet and mobile banking software and services, and other electronic payments software and services. The Financial segment provides account processing services, item processing and source capture services, loan origination and servicing products, cash management and consulting services, and other products and services.

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