Head to Head Review: Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition (JTPY) & Veritone (VERI)

Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition (NASDAQ: JTPY) and Veritone (NASDAQ:VERI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition and Veritone’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition $76.04 million 0.50 -$8.21 million ($0.75) -3.27
Veritone $14.41 million 15.67 -$59.60 million ($4.59) -3.03

Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition has higher revenue and earnings than Veritone. Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Veritone, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition and Veritone, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
Veritone 1 0 4 0 2.60

Veritone has a consensus target price of $21.20, indicating a potential upside of 52.30%. Given Veritone’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Veritone is more favorable than Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition and Veritone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition -4.08% -27.82% -0.76%
Veritone -413.52% -158.62% -64.69%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.5% of Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.9% of Veritone shares are held by institutional investors. 62.9% of Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition beats Veritone on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition

JetPay Corporation provides debit and credit card processing, payroll, human capital management (HCM) and card services to businesses and their employees in the United States. The company operates through two segments, JetPay Payment Processing and JetPay HR and Payroll. It offers debit and credit processing and automated clearing house payment services to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as to large entities, which processes Internet transactions and recurring billings; and HCM services, including payroll, tax filing, time and attendance, HR, and other related services to small and medium-sized employers. The company also provides transaction processing services, such as end-to-end encryption and tokenization; high speed network and authorization; batch processing; gift cards; fraud protection; and Website or payment application services; and MAGIC, a payments gateway that provides real-time integrated solutions to merchants. In addition, it provides low-cost money management and payment services to unbanked and under-banked employees through prepaid debit cards. The company was formerly known as Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition Corporation and changed its name to JetPay Corporation in August 2013. JetPay Corporation is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

About Veritone

Veritone, Inc. is a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) platform. The Company’s platform unlocks the power of cognitive computing to transform unstructured audio and video data and analyze it in conjunction with structured data in a seamless, automated manner to generate actionable intelligence. Its cloud-based artificial intelligence operating system (aiOS) integrates and orchestrates an open ecosystem of cognitive engines, together with the Company’s suite of applications, to reveal valuable multivariate insights from vast amounts of audio, video and structured data. The Company’s technology enables users to run comprehensive, multivariate queries, correlations and analyses in near real-time using multiple cognitive engines and data sets, integrating and refining the outputs. The Company’s services and target markets include Media Agency Services, software as a service (Saas) Solutions, and Other Vertical Markets and Applications.

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