Cardtronics PLC (NASDAQ: CATM) and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) 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, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cardtronics PLC and Huron Consulting Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cardtronics PLC $1.27 billion 0.59 $87.99 million ($2.99) -5.44
Huron Consulting Group $797.98 million 1.07 $37.61 million ($6.35) -6.08

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

Volatility & Risk

Cardtronics PLC has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.06, indicating that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Cardtronics PLC and Huron Consulting Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cardtronics PLC 0 4 2 0 2.33
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

Cardtronics PLC currently has a consensus target price of $37.00, suggesting a potential upside of 127.55%. Huron Consulting Group has a consensus target price of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.35%. Given Cardtronics PLC’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cardtronics PLC is more favorable than Huron Consulting Group.

Profitability

This table compares Cardtronics PLC and Huron Consulting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cardtronics PLC -9.37% 29.32% 7.19%
Huron Consulting Group -17.09% 7.50% 3.83%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.0% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Cardtronics PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cardtronics PLC beats Huron Consulting Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cardtronics PLC Company Profile

Cardtronics plc, formerly Cardtronics, Inc., provides automated consumer financial services through its network of automated teller machines (ATMS) and multi-function financial services kiosks. The Company’s operations consists of its North America, Europe, and Corporate & Other segments. Its ATM operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico are included in its North America segment. Its ATM operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Spain and i-design are included in its Europe segment. Its transaction processing operations, which service its North American and European operations, along with external customers, and the Company’s corporate general and administrative functions comprise the Corporate & Other segment. As of December 31, 2016, it provided services to approximately 203,000 ATMs throughout the United States (including the United States territory of Puerto Rico), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Canada and Mexico.

Huron Consulting Group Company Profile

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

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