Financial Analysis: WEX (WEX) and COMSCORE (SCOR)

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WEX (OTCMKTS: SCOR) and COMSCORE (OTCMKTS:SCOR) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for WEX and COMSCORE, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WEX 0 4 8 0 2.67
COMSCORE 0 0 1 0 3.00

WEX currently has a consensus target price of $186.30, suggesting a potential downside of 3.04%. COMSCORE has a consensus target price of $32.00, suggesting a potential upside of 77.19%. Given COMSCORE’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe COMSCORE is more favorable than WEX.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.4% of WEX shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.6% of COMSCORE shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of WEX shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of COMSCORE 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 & Volatility

WEX has a beta of 1.74, suggesting that its share price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, COMSCORE has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares WEX and COMSCORE’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WEX 14.61% 15.61% 4.00%
COMSCORE -71.48% -42.21% -27.91%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares WEX and COMSCORE’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WEX $1.25 billion 6.62 $160.26 million $4.70 40.88
COMSCORE $403.54 million 2.59 -$281.39 million N/A N/A

WEX has higher revenue and earnings than COMSCORE.

Summary

WEX beats COMSCORE on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

WEX Company Profile

WEX Inc. provides corporate card payment solutions in North and South America, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. It operates through three segments: Fleet Solutions, Travel and Corporate Solutions, and Health and Employee Benefit Solutions. The Fleet Solutions segment offers fleet vehicle payment and processing services. Its services include customer, account activation, and account retention services; authorization and billing inquiries, and account maintenance services; premium fleet services; credit and collections services; and merchant services. This segment markets its products directly to commercial and government vehicle fleet customers with small, medium, and large fleets, as well as with over-the-road and long haul fleets; and indirectly through co-branded and private label relationships. The Travel and Corporate Solutions segment provides payment processing solutions for corporate payment and transaction monitoring needs. Its products include virtual cards that are used for transactions where no card is presented and that require pre-authorization; and prepaid and gift card products that enables secure payment and financial management solutions with single card options, access to open or closed loop redemption, load limits, and with various expirations. This segment markets its products directly to commercial and government organizations. The Health and Employee Benefit Solutions segment offers healthcare payment products and software-as-a-service consumer directed platforms for healthcare market, as well as payroll related and employee benefit products in Brazil. The company was formerly known as Wright Express Corporation and changed its name to WEX Inc. in October 2012. WEX Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in South Portland, Maine.

COMSCORE Company Profile

comScore, Inc. operates as an information and analytics company that measures audiences, consumer behavior, and advertising across media platforms worldwide. The company offers digital audience products and services, including Media Metrix and Mobile Metrix, Video Metrix, Plan Metrix, and comScore marketing solutions, which provide person-centric insights across various devices and can capture various types of content. It also provides television (TV) and cross-platform audience products and services to measure consumer TV viewership and behavior across digital and TV platforms, such as TV Essentials, StationView Essentials, OnDemand Essentials, and Cross-Platform suite. In addition, the company offers advertising products comprising validated Campaign Essentials, Lift Models, and Activation solutions, which enable customers to execute, measure, and optimize ad campaigns and to protect the integrity of their brands. Further, it provides movies products and services to measure movie viewership and box office results by capturing movie ticket sales in real time or near real time, which include Box Office Essentials, Box Office Analytics, Swift, and Hollywood Software. The company serves local and national television broadcasters and content owners, network operators, digital content publishers and Internet technology companies, advertising agencies, movie studios, hardware device and component manufacturers, financial service companies, manufacturers and retailers of consumer products, and political campaigns and related organizations. comScore, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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