ABM Industries (NYSE: ABM) and Healthcare Services Group (NASDAQ:HCSG) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

ABM Industries has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Healthcare Services Group has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.6% of ABM Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.8% of Healthcare Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of ABM Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Healthcare Services Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for ABM Industries and Healthcare Services Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ABM Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00
Healthcare Services Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

ABM Industries currently has a consensus target price of $48.33, suggesting a potential upside of 9.97%. Healthcare Services Group has a consensus target price of $51.75, suggesting a potential downside of 3.67%. Given ABM Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe ABM Industries is more favorable than Healthcare Services Group.

Dividends

ABM Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Healthcare Services Group pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. ABM Industries pays out 283.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Healthcare Services Group pays out 65.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ABM Industries has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years and Healthcare Services Group has raised its dividend for 49 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares ABM Industries and Healthcare Services Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ABM Industries 0.25% 11.44% 4.68%
Healthcare Services Group 5.07% 24.12% 15.06%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ABM Industries and Healthcare Services Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ABM Industries $5.26 billion 0.47 $184.60 million $0.24 183.13
Healthcare Services Group $1.67 billion 2.36 $129.28 million $1.15 46.71

ABM Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Healthcare Services Group. Healthcare Services Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ABM Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Healthcare Services Group beats ABM Industries on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

ABM Industries Company Profile

ABM Industries Incorporated is a provider of integrated facility solutions. The Company operates through five segments: Janitorial, Facility Services, Parking, Building & Energy Solutions, and other. Its Janitorial segment provides a range of cleaning services for commercial office buildings, data centers, educational institutions, government buildings, health facilities, industrial buildings, retail stores, sport event facilities and transportation hubs. Its Facility Services segment provides onsite mechanical engineering and technical services and solutions relating to a range of facilities and infrastructure systems. Its Parking segment provides parking and transportation services. Its Building & Energy Solutions segment provides energy solutions; electrical; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; lighting, and other general maintenance and repair services for clients. Its other segment provides facility solutions to airlines and airports.

Healthcare Services Group Company Profile

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. provides management, administrative and operating services to the housekeeping, laundry, linen, facility maintenance and dietary service departments of the healthcare industry, including nursing homes, retirement complexes, rehabilitation centers and hospitals located throughout the United States. The Company operates through two segments: housekeeping, laundry, linen and other services (Housekeeping), and dietary department services (Dietary). Its housekeeping service involves the management of a client’s housekeeping department, which is responsible for the cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing resident rooms and common areas of a client’s facility. Its dietary services consist of managing the client’s dietary department, which is responsible for food purchasing, meal preparation and providing professional dietitian services, including the development of menus that meet the dietary needs of residents.

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