SLM (NASDAQ: SLM) and Enova International (NYSE:ENVA) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SLM and Enova International, as provided by MarketBeat.
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SLM presently has a consensus target price of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.41%. Enova International has a consensus target price of $16.67, indicating a potential upside of 12.23%. Given SLM’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe SLM is more favorable than Enova International.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
99.3% of SLM shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.3% of Enova International shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of SLM shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Enova International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares SLM and Enova International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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SLM has higher revenue and earnings than Enova International. Enova International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SLM, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
SLM has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enova International has a beta of 3.45, indicating that its stock price is 245% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares SLM and Enova International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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SLM beats Enova International on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
SLM Company Profile
SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) is the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Sallie Mae offers products, which promote personal finance including private education loans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, college financial planning tools, insurance, and online retail banking.
Enova International Company Profile
Enova International, Inc. is a technology and analytics company. The Company provides online financial services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offered or arranged loans to consumers in 33 states in the United States and in the United Kingdom and Brazil. As of December 31, 2016, it also offered financing to small businesses in all 50 states and Washington D.C. in the United States. The Company provides online financial services to non-prime credit consumers and small businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil. Its customers include small businesses, which have bank accounts but use alternative financial services because of their limited access to more traditional credit from banks, credit card companies and other lenders. The Company’s financing products include short-term loans, line of credit accounts, installment loans and receivables purchase agreements (RPAs).
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