Financial Comparison: Nasdaq (NDAQ) vs. Curo Group (CURO)

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.7% of Curo Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of Nasdaq shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Nasdaq shares are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Curo Group and Nasdaq, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00
Nasdaq 1 5 3 0 2.22

Curo Group currently has a consensus target price of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 18.77%. Nasdaq has a consensus target price of $80.39, indicating a potential upside of 2.41%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Curo Group is more favorable than Nasdaq.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A
Nasdaq 18.49% 12.75% 4.79%

Dividends

Nasdaq pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. Nasdaq pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Curo Group and Nasdaq’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Curo Group $963.63 million 0.80 $49.15 million $1.10 15.69
Nasdaq $3.97 billion 3.29 $734.00 million $4.32 18.17

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

Summary

Nasdaq beats Curo Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Curo Group Company Profile

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.

Nasdaq Company Profile

Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq) is a holding company. The Company is a provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public company services. It manages, operates and provides its products and services through four segments: Market Services, Corporate Services, Information Services and Market Technology. Its global offerings include trading and clearing across various asset classes, trade management services, data products, financial indexes, capital formation solutions, corporate solutions, and market technology products and services. Its technology markets across the globe, supporting equity derivative trading, clearing and settlement, cash equity trading, fixed income trading and various other functions. Its Market Services segment include its equity derivative trading and clearing, cash equity trading, fixed income clearing corporation and trade management services businesses. Its Corporate Solutions business serves corporate clients.

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