Head to Head Review: AltC Acquisition (NYSE:ALCC) vs. Paya (NASDAQ:PAYA)

AltC Acquisition (NYSE:ALCCGet Rating) and Paya (NASDAQ:PAYAGet Rating) are both small-cap unclassified companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for AltC Acquisition and Paya, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AltC Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
Paya 0 1 5 0 2.83

Paya has a consensus price target of $9.43, indicating a potential upside of 15.97%. Given Paya’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Paya is more favorable than AltC Acquisition.

Risk & Volatility

AltC Acquisition has a beta of 0.07, suggesting that its share price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Paya has a beta of 0.17, suggesting that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.7% of AltC Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.8% of Paya shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Paya shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares AltC Acquisition and Paya’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AltC Acquisition N/A N/A N/A
Paya 2.60% N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AltC Acquisition and Paya’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AltC Acquisition N/A N/A -$1.05 million N/A N/A
Paya $249.40 million 4.31 -$3.10 million $0.06 135.52

AltC Acquisition has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Paya.


Paya beats AltC Acquisition on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AltC Acquisition

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AltC Acquisition Corp. does not have significant operations. It intends to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or related business combination with one or more businesses. The company was formerly known as Churchill Capital Corp VIII and changed its name to AltC Acquisition Corp. in February 24, 2021. AltC Acquisition Corp. was incorporated in 2021 and is based in New York, New York.

About Paya

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Paya Holdings Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent integrated payments platform. It operates through two segments, Integrated Solutions and Payment Services. The company processes payments through credit and debit card, automated clearing house, and check payments. It serves customers through distribution partners with focus on targeted verticals, such as B2B goods and services, healthcare, faith-based and non-profit, government and utilities, and education markets. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with additional offices in Reston, Virginia; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; and Tempe, Arizona.

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