Head-To-Head Review: Atlanticus (ATLC) and IEG (IEGH)

Atlanticus (NASDAQ:ATLC) and IEG (OTCMKTS:IEGH) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.


This table compares Atlanticus and IEG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlanticus -21.62% N/A -7.51%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Atlanticus and IEG, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlanticus 0 0 0 0 N/A
IEG 0 0 1 0 3.00

IEG has a consensus target price of $0.80, indicating a potential upside of 196.30%. Given IEG’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IEG is more favorable than Atlanticus.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atlanticus and IEG’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlanticus $121.14 million 0.40 -$40.78 million N/A N/A

IEG has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Atlanticus.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.9% of Atlanticus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of IEG shares are owned by institutional investors. 33.1% of Atlanticus shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 39.5% of IEG shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


IEG pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Atlanticus does not pay a dividend.


IEG beats Atlanticus on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atlanticus

Atlanticus Holdings Corporation provides credit and related financial services and products to financially underserved consumer credit market in the United States. It operates in two segments, Credit and Other Investments, and Auto Finance. The Credit and Other Investments segment originates a range of consumer loan products, such as retail credit, personal loans, and credit cards through various channels, including retail point-of-sale, direct mail solicitation, Internet-based marketing, and partnerships with third parties; and offers point-of-sale financing by partnering with retailers and service providers to provide credit to their customers for the purchase of various goods and services. This segment also invests in and services portfolios of credit card receivables. In addition, this segment offers loan servicing, such as risk management and customer service outsourcing for third parties; and engages in testing and investment activities in consumer finance technology platforms. The Auto Finance segment purchases and/or services loans secured by automobiles from or for a pre-qualified network of independent automotive dealers and automotive finance companies in the buy-here, pay-here, and used car business. This segment also provides floor plan financing and installment lending products. The company was formerly known as CompuCredit Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Atlanticus Holdings Corporation in November 2012. Atlanticus Holdings Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

About IEG

IEG Holdings Corporation, a consumer finance company, provides online unsecured consumer loans to individuals. It offers loans for debt consolidation, medical expenses, home improvements, auto repairs, purchases, and discretionary spending. The company provides its unsecured consumer loans to residents under the Mr. Amazing Loans brand name through its mramazingloans.com Website in 19 states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. IEG Holdings Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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