SPAR Group (NASDAQ: SGRP – Get a rating) and WEX (NYSE: WEX – Get a rating) are both business services companies, but which company is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
7.8% of SPAR Group shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 98.2% of WEX shares are held by institutional investors. 49.8% of SPAR Group shares are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 1.0% of WEX stock is held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large money managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of SPAR Group and WEX.
|Net margins||Return on equity||return on assets|
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SPAR Group and WEX, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sales Ratings||Hold odds||Buy reviews||Strong buy odds||Rating|
|SPAR Group||0||0||0||0||N / A|
WEX has a consensus price target of $204.73, indicating a potential upside of 23.17%. Given WEX’s likely higher upside, analysts clearly believe that WEX is more favorable than SPAR Group.
Benefits and evaluation
This table compares revenue, earnings per share and valuation of SPAR Group and WEX.
|Gross revenue||Price/sales ratio||Net revenue||Earnings per share||Price/earnings ratio|
|SPAR Group||$255.72 million||0.10||-$1.78 million||($0.09)||-13.00|
WEX has higher revenue and profit than SPAR Group. SPAR Group trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WEX, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk and Volatility
The SPAR Group has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, the WEX has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its stock price is stock is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.
WEX beats SPAR Group on 12 out of 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About the SPAR Group
SPAR Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides brand merchandising and marketing services worldwide. The Company offers syndicated and dedicated merchandising services at the retail store level for retailers, manufacturers and distributors; and project services, such as new product launches, seasonal or special promotional merchandising, product assistance, product recalls, in-store product demonstrations and in-store product sampling, and restocking of newsstand products, inventory control, new and existing store resets, re-merchandising, category remodels and implementations, and under annual or stand-alone contracts or project agreements. It also provides retailer-specific services consisting of in-store services, including new store openings, new store sets and existing store resets and refurbishments, and under annual contract or project agreements. or autonomous. Additionally, the company assembles furniture, grills, and other products in stores, homes, and offices; performs continuous routed coverage at outlets; and offers home and office assembly to customers who purchase their product from retailers. Additionally, it provides experienced distribution center personnel and resources to retailers and consumer goods manufacturers; offers retail compliance and price audit services initiated by retailers and manufacturers and focuses on validation of in-store promotions, branding and signage compliance auditing, verification product placement and displays, collection of inventory levels and out-of-stock status; and collecting competitive pricing information for retailers, as well as ensuring pricing accuracy and consistency within the retail business itself. The company serves grocery and drug stores, discount, dollar, convenience, take-out, home improvement, consumer electronics, automotive, and office supply stores; pharmacies; and large areas. SPAR Group, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
WEX Inc. provides financial technology services in the United States and internationally. 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 processing services. Its services include customer services, account activation and account maintenance; authorization and billing requests and account maintenance services; credit and collection services; merchant services; analytics solutions with access to a web-based data analytics platform that provides insights to fleet managers; and ancillary services and tools to fleets to manage expenses and capital requirements. This segment markets its products directly and indirectly to commercial and government vehicle fleet customers with small, medium and large fleets, as well as on-road and long-haul fleets; and indirectly through co-branding and private label relationships. The Travel and Corporate Solutions segment provides payment solutions, including integrated payments; and accounts payable automation and expense management solutions. Its products include virtual cards that are used for transactions where no card is presented. This segment markets its products directly and indirectly to commercial and government organizations. The Health and Benefits Solutions segment offers healthcare payment products and consumer-facing software-as-a-service platforms for the healthcare market, as well as payroll and social benefits in Brazil. This segment markets its products through health plans, third-party administrators, financial institutions, payroll companies, benefits consultants, software vendors and individuals. 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 based in Portland, Maine.
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