Contrasting Usio (NASDAQ:USIO) & QC (NASDAQ:QCCO)

Usio (NASDAQ:USIO) and QC (OTCMKTS:QCCO) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Usio and QC, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Usio 0 0 1 0 3.00
QC 0 0 0 0 N/A

Usio presently has a consensus price target of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 78.57%. Given Usio’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Usio is more favorable than QC.

Risk and Volatility

Usio has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QC has a beta of 2.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.2% of Usio shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.5% of Usio shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 63.4% of QC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Usio and QC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Usio -14.73% -36.84% -5.90%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Usio and QC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Usio $25.02 million 1.89 -$3.78 million ($0.31) -9.03
QC $98.21 million N/A -$3.54 million N/A N/A

QC has higher revenue and earnings than Usio.


QC beats Usio on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Usio Company Profile

Usio, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated electronic payment processing services to merchants and businesses in the United States. The company offers various types of automated clearing house (ACH) processing; and credit, prepaid card, and debit card-based processing services. Its ACH processing services include Represented Check, a consumer non-sufficient funds check that is represented for payment electronically rather than through the paper check collection system; and Accounts Receivable Check Conversion, a consumer paper check payment, which is converted into an e-check. The company also offers merchant account services for the processing of card-based transactions through the VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB networks, including online terminal services accessed through a Website or retail services accessed through a physical terminal. In addition, it provides a proprietary Web-based customer service application that allows companies to process one-time and recurring payments through e-checks or credit cards; and an interactive voice response telephone system to companies, which accept payments directly from consumers over the telephone using e-checks or credit cards. The company markets and sells ACH products and services primarily through resellers, as well as markets and sells prepaid card program directly to corporations and to consumers through the Internet. Usio, Inc. has a strategic partnership agreement with Pineapple Payments. The company was formerly known as Payment Data Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Usio, Inc. in June 2019. Usio, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

QC Company Profile

QC Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide various financial services. The company operates through three segments: Branch Lending, Centralized Lending, and E-Lending. The Branch Lending segment offers payday loans, installment loans, credit services, open-end credit, check cashing services, title loans, debit cards, money transfers, and money orders through its retail branches. The Centralized Lending segment provides long-term installment loans comprising signature and auto equity loans. The E-Lending segment is involved in the Internet lending operations in the United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 409 branches with locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. QC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

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