Financial Contrast: USA Technologies (USAT) and Its Rivals

USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) is one of 200 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare USA Technologies to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares USA Technologies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Technologies $104.09 million -$1.85 million -129.97
USA Technologies Competitors $2.74 billion $282.94 million -13.46

USA Technologies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than USA Technologies. USA Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares USA Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Technologies -1.78% -0.81% -0.56%
USA Technologies Competitors -20.18% -52.47% -3.68%

Risk & Volatility

USA Technologies has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Technologies’ peers have a beta of 1.12, indicating that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for USA Technologies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
USA Technologies Competitors 696 4461 7208 156 2.55

USA Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $7.25, suggesting a potential upside of 11.54%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 3.13%. Given USA Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe USA Technologies is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

36.5% of USA Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of USA Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About USA Technologies

USA Technologies, Inc. provides technology-enabled solutions and value-added services that facilitate electronic payment transactions within the unattended point of sale (POS) market. The Company is a provider in the small ticket, beverage and food vending industry and is also engaged in offering solutions and services to other unattended market segments, such as amusement, commercial laundry, kiosk and others. It has designed and marketed systems and solutions that facilitate electronic payment options, as well as telemetry and machine-to-machine (M2M) services, which include the ability to remotely monitor, control and report on the results of distributed assets containing its electronic payment solutions. The Company derives its revenues from license and transaction fees resulting from connections to, as well as services provided by, its ePort Connect service.

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