Head-to-head analysis: Waitr (NASDAQ:WTRH) and Repay (NASDAQ:RPAY)

Waiter (NASDAQ:WTRHGet a rating) and Refund (NASDAQ:RPAYGet a rating) are both small-cap IT and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We’ll compare the two companies based on their dividend strength, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of the current recommendations for Waitr and Repay, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Waiter 0 1 1 0 2.50
To reimburse 0 1 4 0 2.80

Waitr currently has a consensus price target of $1.88, suggesting a potential upside of 1,096.55%. Repay has a consensus price target of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 94.17%. Given Waitr’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Waitr is more favorable than Repay.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Waitr and Repay.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Waiter $182.19 million 0.14 -$5.23 million ($0.52) -0.30
To reimburse $219.26 million 4.68 -$50.08 million ($0.28) -40.46

Waitr has higher earnings, but lower earnings than Repay. Repay is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Waitr, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and risk

Waitr has a beta of -0.99, indicating its stock price is 199% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Repay has a beta of 0.75, indicating its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Waitr and Repay.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Waiter -47.34% -21.32% -9.47%
To reimburse -8.63% 6.85% 3.79%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

13.9% of Waitr shares are held by institutional investors. 10.5% of Waitr shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 11.5% of Repay’s shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Repay beats Waitr on 10 out of 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Waiter (Get a rating)

Waitr Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online ordering technology platform in the United States. Its Waitr, Bite Squad and Delivery Dudes mobile apps offer options for delivery, take-out transport, on-site dining, connection between restaurants, drivers and diners. As of December 31, 2021, the company had approximately 26,000 restaurants on the platforms. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Lafayette, Louisiana.

About refund (Get a rating)

Repay Holdings Corporation provides integrated payment processing solutions to industry-focused marketplaces. The Company’s payment processing solutions enable consumers and businesses to make payments using electronic payment methods. It also offers a range of solutions related to electronic payment methods, including credit and debit processing, virtual credit card processing, automated clearing house (ACH) processing, enhanced ACH processing and instant funding that are processed through its proprietary payment channels, such as web, mobile app, SMS to pay, interactive voice response and point of sale. In addition, the company provides payment processing solutions to customers primarily operating in the personal loan, auto loan, receivables management and business-to-business industries. It sells its products through direct sales representatives and software integration partners. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Rosalie M. Dehner