Head-To-Head Contrast: Higher One Holdings (ONE) vs. Brady Corporation (BRC)

Higher One Holdings (NYSE: ONE) and Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Higher One Holdings has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brady Corporation has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.9% of Brady Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of Brady Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Brady Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Higher One Holdings does not pay a dividend. Brady Corporation pays out 44.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Brady Corporation has raised its dividend for 31 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Higher One Holdings and Brady Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Higher One Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Brady Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33

Brady Corporation has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 15.19%. Given Brady Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brady Corporation is more favorable than Higher One Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Higher One Holdings and Brady Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Higher One Holdings -26.77% -16.36% -10.01%
Brady Corporation 8.64% 14.44% 8.84%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Higher One Holdings and Brady Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Higher One Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.16 32.19
Brady Corporation $1.11 billion 1.51 $156.45 million $1.85 17.68

Brady Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Higher One Holdings. Brady Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Higher One Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Brady Corporation beats Higher One Holdings on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Higher One Holdings Company Profile

Higher One Holdings, Inc. is a provider of technology-based payment processing and refund disbursement services to higher education institutions and their students. The Company also provides campus communities with student-oriented banking services, which include user-friendly features, through its bank partners. The Company operates through two segments: Disbursements and Payments. The Disbursements segment includes its Refund Management disbursement service, which is offered to higher education institution clients, and the OneAccount, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured online checking account that is offered to students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni. The Payments segment includes its CASHNet payment processing suite and its Campus Solutions suite, both of which enable higher education institutions to accept online payments, automate certain billing and processing functions, and offer tuition payment plans.

Brady Corporation Company Profile

Brady Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of identification solutions and workplace safety products that identify and protect premises, products and people. The Company has two segments: Identification Solutions (IDS) and Workplace Safety (WPS). The IDS segment includes identification and healthcare products, and the WPS segment includes workplace safety and compliance products. The IDS segment offers products that are manufactured under various brands, including the Brady brand, and are primarily sold through distribution to a range of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) customers, and through other channels. The WPS segment offers a range of product categories, such as safety and compliance signs, tags, and labels; informational and architectural signage; industrial warehouse and office equipment, and labor law compliance posters. Its brands include Electromark, Identicard, PromoVision, Scafftag, Seton and Emedco.

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