Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, payroll services specialist Total System Services (NYSE: TSS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Total Systems' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Total Systems facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Columbus, Ga. (1982)

Market Cap

$2.8 billion


Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.72 billion


CEO Philip Tomlinson (since 2003)

CFO James Lipham (since 1995)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$388 million / $240.25 million

Dividend Yield



Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY)

Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 91% of the 177 members who have rated Total Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include blesto and TMF42.

Two months ago, blesto tapped Total Systems as a "boring behind the scenes business that provides a much needed service to its clients." Our CAPS member adds: "A 2% dividend not bad in today's environment."

In fact, Total Systems processes about 40% of the domestic credit card market, with its two largest customers, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF), accounting for a third of its business. Additionally, Total Systems processes a whopping 85% of all Visa's (NYSE: V) and MasterCard's (NYSE: MA) domestic transactions. While heavy customer concentration is certainly a concern, Total Systems' sheer scale advantages and high switching costs are too attractive for Fools to ignore. Total Systems' operating margins, for example, are consistently around 20%, while close rivals Heartland and Fidelity National, both decent companies in their own right, sport single-digit operating margins.

CAPS member TMF42 elaborates:

The company benefits from recurring revenue streams, reasonably sticky client relationships, a great reputation and generates impressive returns on capital and free cash flow. Its CUP Data ownership is a hidden asset that plays as a nice kicker to its stable domestic processing business. Growth through acquisitions will help diversify domestic revenue and international presence should continue to expand. With an EV/EBITDA multiple of 5.4, mid-teen returns on capital and $300 MM FCF run rate shares of [Total Systems] are CHEAP.

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