Contrasting First Data Corporation (FDC) & Its Peers

First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Transaction & Payment Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare First Data Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Data Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
First Data Corporation $7.91 billion $2.79 billion 30.51
First Data Corporation Competitors $1.64 billion $481.00 million 29.32

First Data Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. First Data Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares First Data Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Data Corporation 4.66% 26.25% 3.05%
First Data Corporation Competitors 10.78% 15.97% 5.23%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.1% of First Data Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of First Data Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.9% of shares of all “Transaction & Payment Services” companies are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for First Data Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Data Corporation 0 9 20 0 2.69
First Data Corporation Competitors 117 698 1037 12 2.51

First Data Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $19.04, indicating a potential upside of 5.77%. As a group, “Transaction & Payment Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.87%. Given First Data Corporation’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe First Data Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

First Data Corporation has a beta of 1.73, indicating that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Data Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

First Data Corporation competitors beat First Data Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

First Data Corporation Company Profile

First Data Corporation is a provider of commerce-enabling technology and solutions for merchants, financial institutions and card issuers. The Company’s segments are Global Business Solutions (GBS), Global Financial Solutions (GFS), Network & Security Solutions (NSS), and Corporate. The GBS segment provides businesses of all sizes and types with a range of solutions at the point of sale, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, mobile commerce, point-of-sale, and other business solutions. The GFS segment provides financial institutions, which include bank and non-bank issuers, such as retailers with card portfolios, with a range of solutions that enable them to offer financial products and solutions to their customers. The NSS segment provides a range of network solutions and security, risk and fraud management solutions to business and financial institution clients in its GBS and GFS segments, and to financial institutions, businesses, governments, processors and other clients.

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