Exponent (EXPO) versus Vantiv (VNTV) Financial Survey

Exponent (NASDAQ: EXPO) and Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Exponent and Vantiv’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exponent $315.08 million 5.81 $47.48 million $2.05 34.59
Vantiv $3.58 billion 3.83 $213.20 million $1.44 53.61

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

Profitability

This table compares Exponent and Vantiv’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exponent 16.46% 17.21% 11.99%
Vantiv 6.07% 41.19% 7.92%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Exponent and Vantiv, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exponent 0 1 1 0 2.50
Vantiv 0 7 21 1 2.79

Exponent presently has a consensus target price of $79.50, suggesting a potential upside of 12.13%. Vantiv has a consensus target price of $79.31, suggesting a potential upside of 2.73%. Given Exponent’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Exponent is more favorable than Vantiv.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.6% of Exponent shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Exponent shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Vantiv shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Exponent pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Vantiv does not pay a dividend. Exponent pays out 41.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Exponent has a beta of 0.57, suggesting that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vantiv has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vantiv beats Exponent on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Exponent Company Profile

Exponent, Inc. (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health. Its Engineering and Other Scientific segment includes biomechanics, biomedical engineering, buildings and structures, civil engineering, construction consulting, materials and corrosion engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science and materials chemistry, statistical and data sciences, thermal sciences and vehicle analysis services. Its Environmental and Health segment includes chemical regulation and food safety; ecological and biological sciences; environmental and earth sciences, and health sciences. Exponent serves clients in automotive, government, health, insurance, manufacturing and technology, among others.

Vantiv Company Profile

Vantiv, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider. The Company enables merchants to accept and process credit, debit and prepaid payments, and provide them supporting value-added services, such as security solutions and fraud management, information solutions and interchange management. It also provides payment services to financial institutions, such as card issuer processing, payment network processing, fraud protection, card production, prepaid program management, automated teller machine (ATM) driving and network gateway and switching services that utilize the Company’s Jeanie personal identification number (PIN) debit payment network.

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