Hudson Global (NASDAQ: HSON) and TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hudson Global and TrueBlue’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hudson Global $424.92 million 0.10 -$374,000.00 ($0.21) -6.29
TrueBlue $2.67 billion 0.41 $142.54 million ($0.43) -60.93

TrueBlue has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Global. TrueBlue is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hudson Global, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Hudson Global and TrueBlue, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hudson Global 0 0 0 0 N/A
TrueBlue 0 3 0 0 2.00

TrueBlue has a consensus price target of $20.33, indicating a potential downside of 22.39%. Given TrueBlue’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TrueBlue is more favorable than Hudson Global.

Profitability

This table compares Hudson Global and TrueBlue’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hudson Global -1.70% -14.64% -6.07%
TrueBlue -0.66% 16.30% 7.61%

Risk & Volatility

Hudson Global has a beta of -0.35, suggesting that its stock price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TrueBlue has a beta of 2.35, suggesting that its stock price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

61.9% of Hudson Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.7% of TrueBlue shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.2% of Hudson Global shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of TrueBlue shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

TrueBlue beats Hudson Global on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hudson Global Company Profile

Hudson Global, Inc. (Hudson) is a provider of professional-level recruitment and related talent solutions across the world. The Company’s segments include Hudson Americas, Hudson Asia Pacific and Hudson Europe. Its service offerings include Permanent Recruitment, Temporary Contracting, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Talent Management solutions. The Permanent Recruitment services leverage its consultants, supported by its specialists in the delivery of its methods to identify, select and engage the talent. In Temporary Contracting, Hudson provides a range of project management, interim management and professional contract staffing services. Hudson RPO services include complete recruitment outsourcing, project-based outsourcing, contingent workforce solutions and recruitment consulting. Its Talent Management Solutions’ capability encompasses services, such as talent assessment, interview training, executive coaching, employee development and outplacement.

TrueBlue Company Profile

TrueBlue, Inc. is a provider of specialized workforce solutions. The Company is engaged in providing staffing, on-site workforce management and recruitment process outsourcing services. The Company operates through three segments: PeopleReady, PeopleManagement and PeopleScout. Its PeopleReady segment provides blue-collar contingent staffing through the PeopleReady service line. Its PeopleManagement segment provides primarily on-premise contingent staffing and on-premise management of those contingent staffing services through four segments: Staff Management a SMX (Staff Management), SIMOS Insourcing Solutions Corporation (SIMOS), Centerline and PlaneTechs. Its PeopleScout segment provides permanent employee recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and management of outsourced labor service providers through two segments: PeopleScout and PeopleScout MSP.

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