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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.3% of Intercontinental Exchange shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Curo Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Intercontinental Exchange shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intercontinental Exchange $7.00 million 5,966.81 $2.51 billion $4.24 16.92
Curo Group $963.63 million 0.81 $49.15 million N/A N/A

Intercontinental Exchange has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Curo Group.

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. Curo Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Intercontinental Exchange and Curo Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Intercontinental Exchange currently has a consensus price target of $75.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.26%. Curo Group has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 17.61%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than Intercontinental Exchange.

Summary

Intercontinental Exchange beats Curo Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intercontinental Exchange

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.

About Curo Group

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.

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