Reviewing CPI Card Group (PMTS) and NetSpend Holdings (NTSP)

CPI Card Group (NASDAQ: PMTS) and NetSpend Holdings (NASDAQ:NTSP) are both consumer credit cards services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

CPI Card Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 20.5%. NetSpend Holdings does not pay a dividend. CPI Card Group pays out -85.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CPI Card Group and NetSpend Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CPI Card Group -4.44% -1.51% -1.21%
NetSpend Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CPI Card Group and NetSpend Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CPI Card Group $308.70 million 0.16 $5.39 million ($0.21) -4.19
NetSpend Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.44 N/A

CPI Card Group has higher revenue and earnings than NetSpend Holdings. CPI Card Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NetSpend Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.0% of CPI Card Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of CPI Card Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for CPI Card Group and NetSpend Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CPI Card Group 1 3 0 0 1.75
NetSpend Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

CPI Card Group presently has a consensus price target of $1.30, suggesting a potential upside of 47.73%.

Summary

CPI Card Group beats NetSpend Holdings on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

CPI Card Group Company Profile

CPI Card Group Inc., formerly CPI Holdings I, Inc., provides Financial Payment Card solutions in North America. The Company is engaged in the design, production, data personalization, packaging and fulfillment of Financial Payment Cards, which it defines as credit cards, debit cards and prepaid debit cards issued on the networks of the Payment Card Brands in the United States, Europe and Canada. It is also engaged in the design, production, data personalization, packaging and fulfillment of retail gift and loyalty cards. Its segments include U.S. Debit and Credit, which produces Financial Payment Cards and provides integrated card services to card-issuing banks in the United States; U.S. Prepaid Debit, which provides integrated card services to Prepaid Debit Card issuers in the United States; U.K. Limited, which produces retail cards for customers in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, and Other, which has operations in Ontario, Canada and Petersfield, United Kingdom.

NetSpend Holdings Company Profile

NetSpend Holdings, Inc. (NetSpend) is a provider of general-purpose reloadable prepaid debit cards (GPR) cards, and related alternative financial services to underbanked consumers in the United States. NetSpend’s GPR cards are tied to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured depository accounts and can be used to make purchase transactions at any merchant that participates in the MasterCard, Visa or PULSE networks and to withdraw funds at participating automated teller machines (ATMs). The Company also offers to its cardholders direct deposit, interest-bearing savings accounts, bill pay and card-to-card transfer functionality, personal financial management tools and online and mobile phone card account access. As of December 31, 2010, the Company marketed its GPR cards through approximately 750 retail distributors at approximately 39,000 locations. As of August 21, 2010, the Company ceased marketing gift cards.

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