Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) and Hudson Global (NASDAQ:HSON) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Robert Half International has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hudson Global has a beta of -0.35, indicating that its share price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Robert Half International pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Hudson Global does not pay a dividend. Robert Half International pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hudson Global has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Robert Half International and Hudson Global’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Robert Half International $5.24 billion 1.16 $609.99 million $2.65 18.28
Hudson Global $424.92 million 0.11 -$374,000.00 ($0.21) -6.81

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Robert Half International 6.47% 31.26% 18.78%
Hudson Global -1.70% -14.64% -6.07%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.4% of Robert Half International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of Hudson Global shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Robert Half International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of Hudson Global shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Robert Half International and Hudson Global, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Robert Half International 2 5 2 0 2.00
Hudson Global 0 0 0 0 N/A

Robert Half International currently has a consensus target price of $46.14, suggesting a potential downside of 4.76%. Given Robert Half International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Robert Half International is more favorable than Hudson Global.

Summary

Robert Half International beats Hudson Global on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Robert Half International Company Profile

Robert Half International Inc. provides specialized staffing and risk consulting services. The Company provides these services through its divisions, including Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, OfficeTeam, Robert Half Technology, Robert Half Management Resources, Robert Half Legal, The Creative Group and Protiviti. The Company operates through three segments: temporary and consultant staffing, permanent placement staffing, and risk consulting and internal audit services. The temporary and consultant staffing segment provides specialized staffing in the accounting and finance, administrative and office, information technology (IT), legal, advertising, marketing and Web design fields. The permanent placement staffing segment provides full-time personnel in the accounting, finance, administrative and office, and IT fields. The risk consulting and internal audit services segment provides business and technology risk consulting, and internal audit services.

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.

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