Worldpay (NYSE:WP) versus TechTarget (NYSE:TTGT) Head to Head Comparison

Worldpay (NYSE:WP) and TechTarget (NASDAQ:TTGT) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Worldpay and TechTarget, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Worldpay 0 15 14 0 2.48
TechTarget 0 0 3 0 3.00

Worldpay presently has a consensus price target of $110.62, indicating a potential downside of 12.51%. TechTarget has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.52%. Given TechTarget’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TechTarget is more favorable than Worldpay.

Risk & Volatility

Worldpay has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TechTarget has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.6% of Worldpay shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.6% of TechTarget shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Worldpay shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.7% of TechTarget shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Worldpay and TechTarget’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Worldpay 3.63% 11.28% 4.51%
TechTarget 11.41% 10.74% 7.81%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Worldpay and TechTarget’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Worldpay $3.93 billion 10.02 $12.80 million $3.68 34.36
TechTarget $121.33 million 4.67 $12.95 million $0.45 45.67

TechTarget has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Worldpay. Worldpay is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TechTarget, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

TechTarget beats Worldpay on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Worldpay

Worldpay, Inc., through its subsidiary, Worldpay Holding, LLC, provides electronic payment processing services in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. It operates in two segments, Technology Solutions, Merchant Solutions, and Issuer Solutions. The company offers merchant acquiring and payment processing services, such as authorization and settlement, customer service, chargeback and retrieval processing, and interchange management. It also provides value-added services, such data analytics and information management solutions, foreign currency management, and various funding options; and security solutions, including point-to-point encryption and tokenization at the point of sale and for e-commerce transactions. In addition, the company offers card issuer processing, payment network processing, fraud protection, card production, prepaid program management, automated teller machine driving, portfolio optimization, data analytics, and card program marketing, as well as network gateway and switching services. Further, it provides card and statement production, and collections and inbound/outbound call centers. The company serves merchants and financial institutions comprising regional banks, community banks, credit unions, and regional personal identification number networks through direct sales forces and referral partners. The company was formerly known as Vantiv, Inc. and changed its name to Worldpay, Inc. in January 2018. Worldpay, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About TechTarget

TechTarget, Inc. provides specialized online content for buyers of enterprise information technology (IT) products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It also provides purchase-intent marketing and sales services for enterprise technology vendors; and customized marketing programs that integrate demand generation and brand advertising techniques. The company offers online services, including IT Deal Alert, core online, demand solutions, brand solutions, and custom content creation. It also operates an integrated content platform that consists of a network of approximately 140 Websites that focus on a specific IT sector, such as storage, security, networking, or business applications. In addition, the company enables registered members to conduct their pre-purchase research by accessing vendor supplied content through a network of Websites. TechTarget, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.

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