China Recycling Energy (NASDAQ:CREG) and Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares China Recycling Energy and Cass Information Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|China Recycling Energy||$10,000.00||906.40||-$8.99 million||N/A||N/A|
|Cass Information Systems||$135.30 million||5.84||$25.01 million||N/A||N/A|
Cass Information Systems has higher revenue and earnings than China Recycling Energy.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for China Recycling Energy and Cass Information Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|China Recycling Energy||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Cass Information Systems||0||0||0||0||N/A|
This table compares China Recycling Energy and Cass Information Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|China Recycling Energy||N/A||-6.97%||-4.88%|
|Cass Information Systems||19.68%||13.43%||1.87%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
0.2% of China Recycling Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.9% of Cass Information Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 33.2% of China Recycling Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.9% of Cass Information Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility and Risk
China Recycling Energy has a beta of 2, suggesting that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cass Information Systems has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Cass Information Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. China Recycling Energy does not pay a dividend. Cass Information Systems has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.
Cass Information Systems beats China Recycling Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About China Recycling Energy
China Recycling Energy Corporation engages in the recycling energy business in China. It designs, finances, constructs, operates, and transfers waste energy recycling projects to mid- to large-size enterprises involved in high energy-consuming businesses. The company offers waste pressure-to-energy solutions, including the blast furnace top gas recovery turbine unit, a system that utilizes high pressure gas emitted from the blast furnace top to drive turbine units and generates electricity; and waste heat-to-energy solutions, such as heat power generation projects for applications in cement, steel, coking coal, and nonferrous metal industries, which collect the residual heat from various manufacturing processes. It also provides waste gas-to-energy solutions comprising the waste gas power generation system that utilizes flammable waste gas from coal mining, petroleum exploitation, refinery processing, or other sources as a fuel source to generate electricity; and the combined cycle power plant, which employs power generating cycle to utilize the waste gas that generates electricity by burning the flammable waste gas in a gas turbine, as well as uses the waste heat from burning the gas to make steam to generate additional electricity through a steam turbine. In addition, the company offers biomass power generation systems (BMPG); and waste heat power generation (WHPG) systems; and project investment, investment management, economic information consulting, technical, and financial leasing services, as well as leases energy saving systems and equipment. As of December 31, 2017, it had five recycling WHPG systems and four BMPG systems. The company was formerly known as China Digital Wireless, Inc. and changed its name to China Recycling Energy Corporation in March 2007. China Recycling Energy Corporation was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Xi’an, China.
About Cass Information Systems
Cass Information Systems, Inc. provides payment and information processing services to manufacturing, distribution, and retail enterprises in the United States. It operates through two segments, Information Services and Banking Services. The company’s services include freight invoice rating, payment processing, auditing, and the generation of accounting and transportation information. It also processes and pays energy invoices, including electricity, gas, waste, and other facility related expenses; and provides telecommunications expense management solutions comprising bill processing, audit, and payment services for telephone, data line, wireless, and communication equipment expenses. In addition, the company, through its banking subsidiary, Cass Commercial Bank, provides a range of commercial banking products and services, such as checking, savings, and time deposit accounts; commercial and commercial real estate loans; and other cash management services to privately owned businesses, and churches and church-related ministries. It operates through its banking facility near downtown St. Louis, Missouri; operating branch in the Bridgeton, Missouri; and additional leased facilities in Fenton, Missouri, Santa Ana, California, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The company was formerly known as Cass Commercial Corporation and changed its name to Cass Information Systems, Inc. in January 2001. Cass Information Systems, Inc. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
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