Contrasting Cardtronics (CATM) & ICTS International (ICTSF)

Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) and ICTS International (OTCMKTS:ICTSF) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cardtronics and ICTS International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cardtronics $1.35 billion 1.18 $3.68 million $1.88 18.21
ICTS International $345.22 million 0.02 -$11.23 million N/A N/A

Cardtronics has higher revenue and earnings than ICTS International.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cardtronics and ICTS International, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cardtronics 0 0 3 0 3.00
ICTS International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cardtronics presently has a consensus target price of $40.33, suggesting a potential upside of 17.83%. Given Cardtronics’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cardtronics is more favorable than ICTS International.


This table compares Cardtronics and ICTS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cardtronics 0.81% 20.70% 4.51%
ICTS International N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Cardtronics has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICTS International has a beta of -0.8, indicating that its share price is 180% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Cardtronics beats ICTS International on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cardtronics Company Profile

Cardtronics plc provides automated consumer financial services through its network of automated teller machines (ATMs) and multi-function financial services kiosks. The company offers cash dispensing and balance inquiries; and financial related services to cardholders, as well as ATM management and ATM equipment-related services to large retail merchants, smaller retailers, financial institutions, and operators of facilities, such as shopping malls, airports, and train stations. It also provides transaction processing, cash and cash delivery management, supply, and telecommunications, as well as routine and technical maintenance services for ATMs; and owns and operates electronic funds transfer transaction processing platforms that offer transaction processing services to its network of ATMS, as well as other ATMs under managed services arrangements. In addition, the company provides processing services for issuers of debit cards; and owns and operates Allpoint network, a surcharge-free ATM network, which offers surcharge-free ATM access to participating banks, credit unions, and stored-value debit card issuers. As of December 31, 2018, it provided services to approximately 227,000 ATMs in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Houston, Texas.

ICTS International Company Profile

ICTS International N.V., together with its subsidiaries, provides airport security and other aviation services in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and internationally. It operates through Airport Security and Other Aviation Services; and Technology segments. The company offers security consulting and security handling services, including security screening, checkpoint screening, hold baggage screening, X-ray operator training, and integrated services, as well as passengers security screening and cargo security services; various aviation security training programs and seminars; and aviation security consulting services in the areas of risk analysis, security concept development, security system design, implementation and assimilation, and security surveys and audits. Its security and other services also comprise limited security services, including charter flight screening for airlines, cargo and aircraft security screening, and aircraft search to detect dangerous objects; and non-security services comprising agent services, guard services, queue monitors assisting passengers before the checkpoint, aircraft cleaning, janitorial, ground service equipment maintenance, skycap passengers luggage, wheelchair attendant, and baggage handling services, as well as shuttle services to airline crews. In addition, the company develops and sells authentication security software to financial and other institutions, including passenger screening systems; I-Check document scan stand and tablet application; security airport realtime application, a tool that provides the missing link between HR and the operational daily business of running a security operation; realtime operational management; and front-end and back office identity document authentication management systems and onboarding automation service. ICTS International N.V. was founded in 1982 and is based in Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands.

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