Critical Contrast: Worldline (OTCMKTS:WWLNF) vs. SPAR Group (NASDAQ:SGRP)

Worldline (OTCMKTS:WWLNFGet Rating) and SPAR Group (NASDAQ:SGRPGet Rating) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Worldline shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.9% of SPAR Group shares are held by institutional investors. 49.8% of SPAR Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Worldline and SPAR Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Worldline $4.37 billion 1.41 -$889.10 million N/A N/A
SPAR Group $255.72 million 0.12 -$1.78 million ($0.12) -11.83

SPAR Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Worldline.

Risk and Volatility

Worldline has a beta of 0.27, suggesting that its stock price is 73% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SPAR Group has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.


This table compares Worldline and SPAR Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Worldline N/A N/A N/A
SPAR Group -1.01% 3.33% 1.35%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Worldline and SPAR Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Worldline 0 0 0 0 N/A
SPAR Group 0 0 1 0 3.00


SPAR Group beats Worldline on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Worldline

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Worldline SA is engaged in the provision of payment and transactional services. The firm serves the retails and merchants, financial institutions, manufacturing, transport, and public sectors. It operates through the following segments: Merchant Services, Financial Services, and Mobility and e-Transactional Services. The Merchant Services segment offers commercial acquiring, terminal services, omnichannel payment acceptance, private label card and loyalty services, and digital retail services. The Financial Services segment comprises of issuing processing, acquiring processing, digital banking, and account payments services. The Mobility and e-Transactional Services segment refers to trusted digitization, e-ticketing, contact and consumer cloud, and connected living and mobility business division. The company was founded on July 31, 1990 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

About SPAR Group

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SPAR Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and brand marketing services worldwide. The company offers syndicated and dedicated merchandising services at the retail store level for retailers, manufacturers, and distributors; and project services, such as new product launches, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, product support, product recalls, and in-store product demonstrations and in-store product sampling, as well as kiosk product replenishment, inventory control, new and existing store resets, re-merchandising, remodels and category implementations, and under annual or stand-alone project contracts or agreements. It also provides retailer specific services consisting of in-store services, including new store openings, new store sets and existing store resets and remodels, and under annual or stand-alone project contracts or agreements. In addition, the company assembles furniture, grills, and other products in stores, homes, and offices; performs ongoing routed coverage at retail locations; and offers in-home and in-office assembly to customers who purchase their product from retailers. Further, it provides staff and distribution center experienced resources to retailers and consumer goods manufacturers; offers retail compliance and price audit services initiated by retailers and manufacturers and focuses on validating store promotions, auditing compliance with branding and signage, verifying product placement and displays, collecting inventory levels, and out-of-stock status; and competitive price intelligence gathering for retailers, as well as ensuring price accuracy and consistency within the retail itself. The company serves grocery and drug, discount, dollar, convenience, cash and carry, home improvement, consumer electronics, automotive, and office supply stores; pharmacies; and mass merchandisers. SPAR Group, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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