Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY) and Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Korn/Ferry International and Monster Worldwide, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Korn/Ferry International 0 4 2 0 2.33
Monster Worldwide 1 2 0 0 1.67

Korn/Ferry International presently has a consensus price target of $30.25, indicating a potential downside of 12.40%. Monster Worldwide has a consensus price target of $3.43, indicating a potential upside of 0.68%. Given Monster Worldwide’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Monster Worldwide is more favorable than Korn/Ferry International.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Korn/Ferry International and Monster Worldwide’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Korn/Ferry International $1.57 billion 1.26 $195.67 million $1.47 23.49
Monster Worldwide N/A N/A N/A ($2.79) -1.22

Korn/Ferry International has higher revenue and earnings than Monster Worldwide. Monster Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Korn/Ferry International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Korn/Ferry International and Monster Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Korn/Ferry International 5.19% 12.14% 6.49%
Monster Worldwide -124.54% -272.23% -86.30%

Volatility & Risk

Korn/Ferry International has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Monster Worldwide has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Korn/Ferry International pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Monster Worldwide does not pay a dividend. Korn/Ferry International pays out 27.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.2% of Korn/Ferry International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Korn/Ferry International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are owned 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.

Summary

Korn/Ferry International beats Monster Worldwide on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Korn/Ferry International Company Profile

Korn/Ferry International (Korn Ferry) is a people and organizational advisory company. The Company and its subsidiaries are engaged in the provision of talent management solutions, including executive search on a retained basis, recruitment for non-executive professionals, recruitment process outsourcing, and leadership and talent consulting services. Its segments include Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep. The Executive Search segment focuses on recruiting Board of Director and C-level positions, in addition to research-based interviewing and onboarding solutions, for clients predominantly in the consumer, financial services, industrial, life sciences/healthcare and technology industries. The Hay Group segment assists clients with ongoing assessment, compensation and development of their senior executives and management teams. The Futurestep segment provides talent acquisition solutions and services, such as project recruitment, individual professional search and consulting.

Monster Worldwide Company Profile

Monster Worldwide, Inc. is engaged in connecting people to jobs. The Company offers services in over 40 countries, providing job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities. The Company’s segments include Careers-North America and Careers-International. It offers digital, social and mobile solutions through its flagship Website monster.com. Its Monster Reach is focused on providing access to the candidates, with a set of job content across desktop, social and mobile. Monster Connections is focused on providing the tools to discover and connect with talent whether on Monster or anywhere on the social Web. Monster Solutions is focused on delivering its technology to a range of commercial, staffing and government customers. Its services and solutions include searchable job advertisements; recruitment media solutions through its advertising network and partnerships; social job distribution; display advertising, and lead generation.

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