SLM Corporation (NASDAQ: SLM) and Enova International (NYSE:ENVA) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SLM Corporation and Enova International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SLM Corporation $1.15 billion 3.99 $250.32 million $0.67 15.82
Enova International $745.57 million 0.67 $34.60 million $0.92 16.14

SLM Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Enova International. SLM Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Enova International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares SLM Corporation and Enova International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SLM Corporation 22.95% 16.63% 1.62%
Enova International 3.87% 14.85% 3.80%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SLM Corporation and Enova International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SLM Corporation 1 1 6 0 2.63
Enova International 0 1 3 0 2.75

SLM Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.36%. Enova International has a consensus price target of $16.67, indicating a potential upside of 12.23%. Given SLM Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SLM Corporation is more favorable than Enova International.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.8% of SLM Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.3% of Enova International shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of SLM Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Enova International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

SLM Corporation has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enova International has a beta of 3.5, suggesting that its stock price is 250% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SLM Corporation beats Enova International on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SLM Corporation

SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) is the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Sallie Mae offers products, which promote personal finance including private education loans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, college financial planning tools, insurance, and online retail banking.

About Enova International

Enova International, Inc. is a technology and analytics company. The Company provides online financial services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offered or arranged loans to consumers in 33 states in the United States and in the United Kingdom and Brazil. As of December 31, 2016, it also offered financing to small businesses in all 50 states and Washington D.C. in the United States. The Company provides online financial services to non-prime credit consumers and small businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil. Its customers include small businesses, which have bank accounts but use alternative financial services because of their limited access to more traditional credit from banks, credit card companies and other lenders. The Company’s financing products include short-term loans, line of credit accounts, installment loans and receivables purchase agreements (RPAs).

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