Critical Analysis: Net Element International (NETE) and The Competition

Net Element International (NASDAQ: NETE) is one of 60 publicly-traded companies in the “Data processing & preparation” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Net Element International to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

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Net Element International has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Net Element International’s competitors have a beta of 0.57, indicating that their average share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Net Element International and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Net Element International $60.06 million -$13.48 million -1.45
Net Element International Competitors $942.71 million $45.39 million 22.47

Net Element International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Net Element International. Net Element International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Net Element International and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Net Element International -14.44% -205.76% -26.59%
Net Element International Competitors -18.40% -53.73% -7.38%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.7% of Net Element International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of shares of all “Data processing & preparation” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.9% of Net Element International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of shares of all “Data processing & preparation” companies are held by company 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 summary of current recommendations for Net Element International and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Net Element International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Net Element International Competitors 315 1495 2177 62 2.49

As a group, “Data processing & preparation” companies have a potential upside of 6.12%. Given Net Element International’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Net Element International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Net Element International competitors beat Net Element International on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Net Element International

Net Element, Inc. operates as a financial technology and value-added solutions company worldwide. It operates in three segments: North America Transaction Solutions, Mobile Solutions, and Online Solutions. The North America Transaction Solutions segment provides technology and services that businesses require to accept cashless transaction for retail card-present, e-commerce, or card-not-present mail order/telephone order transactions; and Aptito, a cloud-based point of sale (POS) platform, which includes hospitality, mobile POS, and small to medium sized business retail POS applications, as well as offers mobile payment and merchant back office reporting services, and merchant performance analytical tools. The Mobile Solutions segment provides an integrated mobile billing and mobile commerce solution for digital merchants, such as social networks, game developers, online magazines, mobile applications, and digital media operators to monetize their content in a mobile environment. It also offers various mobile payment solutions for Web services and mobile applications. This segment enables mobile users to pay for purchases through mobile devices, interactive devices, or Web without a credit card or a bank account. The Online Solutions segment operates PayOnline, a software-as-a-service suite of solutions for electronic and mobile commerce gateway and payment processing platform that facilitate payment acceptance and processing through point-to-point encryption and tokenization solutions. It operates in North America, the Russian Federation, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company was formerly known as Net Element International, Inc. and changed its name to Net Element, Inc. in December 2013. Net Element, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in North Miami Beach, Florida.

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