Curo Group (NYSE: CURO) and Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Curo Group and Intercontinental Exchange, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00
Intercontinental Exchange 0 2 8 0 2.80

Curo Group currently has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 17.14%. Intercontinental Exchange has a consensus price target of $75.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.23%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Curo Group is more favorable than Intercontinental Exchange.

Profitability

This table compares Curo Group and Intercontinental Exchange’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A
Intercontinental Exchange 43.09% 10.83% 2.21%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.7% of Curo Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of Intercontinental Exchange shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Intercontinental Exchange shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Intercontinental Exchange pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. Intercontinental Exchange pays out 18.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Intercontinental Exchange has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Curo Group and Intercontinental Exchange’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Curo Group $963.63 million 0.81 $49.15 million $1.10 15.91
Intercontinental Exchange $7.00 million 5,911.91 $2.51 billion $4.24 16.76

Intercontinental Exchange has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Curo Group. Curo Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intercontinental Exchange, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Intercontinental Exchange beats Curo Group on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Curo Group Company Profile

CURO Group Holdings Corp. is a technology enabled and diversified consumer finance company. The Company operates in the United States under two principal brands, Speedy Cash and Rapid Cash, and Avio Credit. In the United Kingdom, the Company operates online as Wage Day Advance and Juo Loans. The Company has three reportable operating segments: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company offers a broad range of consumer finance products, including Unsecured Installment Loans, Secured Installment Loans, Open-End Loans and Single-Pay Loans.

Intercontinental Exchange Company Profile

Intercontinental Exchange Inc, formerly IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc., is a network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses for financial and commodity markets. The Company delivers transparent and accessible data, technology and risk management services to markets around the world through its portfolio of exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, ICE Futures, Liffe and Euronext. In February 2014, the Company completed the acquisition of Singapore Mercantile Exchange. In July 2014, Intercontinental Exchange Inc sold its Wombat Financial Software, a unit of NYSE Technologies. Effective September 10, 2014, Intercontinental Exchange Inc acquired an undisclosed majority interest in Holland Clearing House NV.

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