Priority Technology (NASDAQ:PRTH) vs. Exela Technologies (NASDAQ:XELA) Head to Head Review

Priority Technology (NASDAQ:PRTH) and Exela Technologies (NASDAQ:XELA) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.9% of Priority Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.4% of Exela Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 53.1% of Exela Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Priority Technology and Exela Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Priority Technology -7.20% N/A -6.79%
Exela Technologies -17.99% N/A -8.10%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Priority Technology and Exela Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Priority Technology $424.42 million 0.35 -$15.04 million N/A N/A
Exela Technologies $1.59 billion 0.03 -$162.52 million ($0.77) -0.36

Priority Technology has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Exela Technologies.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Priority Technology and Exela Technologies, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Priority Technology 0 0 1 0 3.00
Exela Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00

Priority Technology currently has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 305.41%. Exela Technologies has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2,077.07%. Given Exela Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Exela Technologies is more favorable than Priority Technology.


Exela Technologies beats Priority Technology on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Priority Technology Company Profile

Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. provides merchant acquiring and commercial payment solutions in the United States. It operates through two segments, Consumer Payments; and Commercial Payments and Managed Services. The company offers MX product suite, including MX ISO/Agent and VIMAS reseller technology systems, and MX Merchant products, which provide resellers and merchant clients a customizable set of business applications that enable to manage critical business work functions and revenue performance. It also provides CPX, a turnkey commercial payments platform comprising CPX Access, CPX Gateway, CPX Commercial Acceptance, and CPX Payments solutions that automate the AP payment process between buyers and suppliers to enhance financial rebates and automate payment of vendor payments. In addition, the company offers curated managed services and a suite of integrated automated payment solutions to various financial institutions and card networks. It serves small and mid-sized businesses, and enterprises, as well as distribution partners, including retail and wholesale independent sales organizations, financial institutions, and independent software vendors. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Exela Technologies Company Profile

Exela Technologies, Inc. (Exela), formerly Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2, is engaged in providing information and transaction processing solutions. The Company’s segments include Information and Transaction Processing Solutions (ITPS), Healthcare Solutions (HS) and Legal & Loss Prevention Services (LLPS). ITPS provides industry solutions for banking and financial services, including lending solutions for mortgages, banking solutions for clearing, anti-money laundering, sanctions, cross-border settlement; property and casualty insurance solutions for enrollments, and communications. The HS segment offerings include integrated accounts payable and accounts receivable, and information management for both the healthcare payer and provider markets. The LLPS segment solutions include processing of legal claims for class action and mass action settlement administrations, involving project management support, notification and collection, analysis, and distribution of settlement funds.

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