Heidrick & Struggles International (NASDAQ: HSII) and Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Heidrick & Struggles International and Monster Worldwide’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Heidrick & Struggles International $592.21 million 0.70 $56.79 million $0.78 28.46
Monster Worldwide N/A N/A N/A ($2.79) -1.22

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

Profitability

This table compares Heidrick & Struggles International and Monster Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Heidrick & Struggles International 2.41% 8.26% 3.99%
Monster Worldwide -124.54% -272.23% -86.30%

Volatility and Risk

Heidrick & Struggles International has a beta of 1.59, indicating that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Monster Worldwide has a beta of 2.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.3% of Heidrick & Struggles International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Heidrick & Struggles International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Heidrick & Struggles International pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Monster Worldwide does not pay a dividend. Heidrick & Struggles International pays out 66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Heidrick & Struggles International and Monster Worldwide, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Heidrick & Struggles International 0 1 0 0 2.00
Monster Worldwide 1 2 0 0 1.67

Heidrick & Struggles International presently has a consensus price target of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.62%. Monster Worldwide has a consensus price target of $3.43, indicating a potential upside of 0.68%. Given Heidrick & Struggles International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Heidrick & Struggles International is more favorable than Monster Worldwide.

Summary

Heidrick & Struggles International beats Monster Worldwide on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Heidrick & Struggles International Company Profile

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. is an advisory firm providing executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services to businesses and business leaders around the world. Its segments include Executive Search, Leadership Consulting and Culture Shaping. It operates its executive search services in three geographic regions: the Americas (which includes the countries in North and South America); Europe (which includes the continents of Europe and Africa), and Asia Pacific (which includes Asia and the region generally known as the Middle East). Its Leadership Consulting segment operates globally. Its Culture Shaping segment operates in the Americas and Europe. In addition to executive search, it provides leadership consulting expertise and culture shaping services including executive leadership assessment; leadership, team and board development; succession planning; talent strategy; people performance; inter-team collaboration, and organizational transformation.

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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