Financial Comparison: Higher One Holdings (NYSE:ONE) vs. Its Competitors

Higher One Holdings (NYSE: ONE) is one of 103 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Higher One Holdings to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Higher One Holdings has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Higher One Holdings’ rivals have a beta of 1.14, indicating that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Higher One Holdings and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Higher One Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Higher One Holdings Competitors 639 1897 2679 64 2.41

As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.51%. Given Higher One Holdings’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Higher One Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.4% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Higher One Holdings and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Higher One Holdings N/A N/A -8.31
Higher One Holdings Competitors $1.24 billion $75.94 million 1,429.84

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

Profitability

This table compares Higher One Holdings and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Higher One Holdings -26.77% -16.36% -10.01%
Higher One Holdings Competitors -53.18% -169.87% 0.62%

Summary

Higher One Holdings rivals beat Higher One Holdings on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

About Higher One Holdings

Higher One Holdings, Inc. is a provider of technology-based payment processing and refund disbursement services to higher education institutions and their students. The Company also provides campus communities with student-oriented banking services, which include user-friendly features, through its bank partners. The Company operates through two segments: Disbursements and Payments. The Disbursements segment includes its Refund Management disbursement service, which is offered to higher education institution clients, and the OneAccount, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured online checking account that is offered to students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni. The Payments segment includes its CASHNet payment processing suite and its Campus Solutions suite, both of which enable higher education institutions to accept online payments, automate certain billing and processing functions, and offer tuition payment plans.

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