Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) and Curo Group (NYSE:CURO) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Virtu Financial 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|
|Virtu Financial||$1.02 billion||5.20||$17.33 million||$0.22||129.32|
|Curo Group||$963.63 million||0.81||$49.15 million||N/A||N/A|
This is a summary of current ratings for Virtu Financial and Curo Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Virtu Financial currently has a consensus price target of $18.17, indicating a potential downside of 36.15%. Curo Group has a consensus price target of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 17.14%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Curo Group is more favorable than Virtu Financial.
Virtu Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. Virtu Financial pays out 436.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This table compares Virtu Financial and Curo Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
48.2% of Virtu Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Curo Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.9% of Virtu Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Virtu Financial beats Curo Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Virtu Financial
Virtu Financial, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the financial markets across the world. It is engaged in buying or selling a range of securities and other financial instruments and earning small bid/ask spreads across various transactions. It has a single, multi-asset, multi-currency technology platform, through which it provides quotations to buyers and sellers in equities, commodities, currencies, options, fixed income and other securities on exchanges, markets and liquidity pools in various countries around the world. It makes markets in a range of different assets classes, such as Americas Equities; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Equities; Asia Pacific (APAC) Equities; Global Commodities; Global Currencies, and Options, Fixed Income and Other Securities. It makes markets for global banks, brokers and other intermediaries, and indirectly provides services to retail and institutional investors.
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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