Head-To-Head Contrast: Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Curo Group (CURO)

Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) and Curo Group (NYSE:CURO) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

48.2% of Virtu Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Curo Group shares are held by institutional investors. 69.9% of Virtu Financial shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Virtu Financial and Curo Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Virtu Financial 1 4 1 0 2.00
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

Virtu Financial presently has a consensus price target of $18.17, suggesting a potential downside of 36.03%. Curo Group has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 22.02%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than Virtu Financial.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Virtu Financial and Curo Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Virtu Financial $1.02 billion 5.19 $17.33 million $0.22 129.10
Curo Group $963.63 million 0.78 $49.15 million N/A N/A

Curo Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Virtu Financial.

Dividends

Virtu Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. Virtu Financial pays out 436.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Virtu Financial and Curo Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Virtu Financial 1.69% 12.23% 1.67%
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Virtu Financial beats Curo Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Virtu Financial

Virtu Financial, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the financial markets across the world. It is engaged in buying or selling a range of securities and other financial instruments and earning small bid/ask spreads across various transactions. It has a single, multi-asset, multi-currency technology platform, through which it provides quotations to buyers and sellers in equities, commodities, currencies, options, fixed income and other securities on exchanges, markets and liquidity pools in various countries around the world. It makes markets in a range of different assets classes, such as Americas Equities; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Equities; Asia Pacific (APAC) Equities; Global Commodities; Global Currencies, and Options, Fixed Income and Other Securities. It makes markets for global banks, brokers and other intermediaries, and indirectly provides services to retail and institutional investors.

About Curo Group

CURO Group Holdings Corp. is a technology enabled and diversified consumer finance company. The Company operates in the United States under two principal brands, Speedy Cash and Rapid Cash, and Avio Credit. In the United Kingdom, the Company operates online as Wage Day Advance and Juo Loans. The Company has three reportable operating segments: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company offers a broad range of consumer finance products, including Unsecured Installment Loans, Secured Installment Loans, Open-End Loans and Single-Pay Loans.

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