TriNet Group (NYSE: TNET) and Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

TriNet Group has a beta of 2.93, indicating that its share price is 193% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Paychex has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares TriNet Group and Paychex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TriNet Group 2.51% 237.32% 4.56%
Paychex 25.93% 42.65% 12.55%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

53.2% of TriNet Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.5% of Paychex shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.4% of TriNet Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Paychex shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TriNet Group and Paychex’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriNet Group $3.13 billion 0.72 $175.90 million $1.10 29.95
Paychex $3.15 billion 6.53 $1.37 billion N/A N/A

Paychex has higher revenue and earnings than TriNet Group.

Dividends

Paychex pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. TriNet Group does not pay a dividend. TriNet Group has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for TriNet Group and Paychex, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriNet Group 0 5 1 0 2.17
Paychex 4 10 1 0 1.80

TriNet Group presently has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 21.09%. Paychex has a consensus price target of $59.16, suggesting a potential upside of 3.43%. Given Paychex’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Paychex is more favorable than TriNet Group.

Summary

Paychex beats TriNet Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TriNet Group

TriNet Group, Inc. is a provider of human resources (HR) solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The Company’s HR solutions include services, such as multi-state payroll processing and tax administration, employee benefits programs, including health insurance and retirement plans, workers’ compensation insurance and claims management, employment and benefit law compliance, and other services. The Company provides an HR technology platform with online and mobile tools that allow its clients and their worksite employees (WSEs) to store, view and manage their HR-related information and conduct a range of HR-related transactions anytime and anywhere. The Company’s HR products and solutions include capabilities, such as technology platform, HR expertise, benefits and compliance. The Company’s clients are distributed across a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, financial services, property management, retail, manufacturing and hospitality.

About Paychex

Paychex, Inc. is a provider of integrated human capital management (HCM) solutions for payroll, human resource (HR), retirement and insurance services for small- to medium-sized businesses in the United States. The Company also has operations in Germany. The Company offers services, including Payroll processing, Human Resource Services, and Accounting and Financial Services. As of May 31, 2016, the Company serviced approximately 605,000 payroll clients. It offers a portfolio of HCM services and products that allows its clients to meet their payroll and HR needs. Its payroll-related ancillary services and human resource service (HRS) offerings often leverage the information gathered in the base payroll processing service, allowing it to provide outsourcing services covering the HCM spectrum. The Company, through its HCM software-as-a-service platform, Paychex Flex, provides an integrated product suite that covers the employee life cycle from recruiting and hiring to retirement.

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