ICTS International (OTCMKTS:ICTSF) & Paypal (OTCMKTS:PYPL) Financial Comparison

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ICTS International (OTCMKTS:ICTSF) and Paypal (NASDAQ:PYPL) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for ICTS International and Paypal, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICTS International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Paypal 0 7 24 0 2.77

Paypal has a consensus price target of $121.89, indicating a potential upside of 13.91%. Given Paypal’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Paypal is more favorable than ICTS International.

Volatility & Risk

ICTS International has a beta of -0.6, meaning that its stock price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Paypal has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ICTS International $345.22 million 0.10 -$11.23 million N/A N/A
Paypal $15.45 billion 8.15 $2.06 billion $1.79 59.78

Paypal has higher revenue and earnings than ICTS International.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ICTS International N/A N/A N/A
Paypal 15.36% 17.14% 5.83%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.0% of Paypal shares are held by institutional investors. 62.4% of ICTS International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Paypal shares are held by company 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.


Paypal beats ICTS International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Paypal Company Profile

PayPal Holdings, Inc. operates as a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. Its payment solutions include PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, and iZettle products. The company's Payments Platform allows consumers to send payments, withdraw funds to their bank accounts, and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in various currencies. It also offers gateway services that enable merchants to accept payments online with credit or debit cards. PayPal Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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