ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) and Staffing 360 Solutions (NASDAQ:STAF) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ManpowerGroup and Staffing 360 Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ManpowerGroup 0 3 4 0 2.57
Staffing 360 Solutions 0 0 0 1 4.00

ManpowerGroup presently has a consensus target price of $93.50, suggesting a potential downside of 21.32%. Staffing 360 Solutions has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 207.69%. Given Staffing 360 Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Staffing 360 Solutions is more favorable than ManpowerGroup.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ManpowerGroup and Staffing 360 Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ManpowerGroup $19.82 billion 0.40 $845.00 million $6.43 18.48
Staffing 360 Solutions $185.13 million 0.05 $1.96 million ($1.24) -0.52

ManpowerGroup has higher revenue and earnings than Staffing 360 Solutions. Staffing 360 Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ManpowerGroup, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares ManpowerGroup and Staffing 360 Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ManpowerGroup 2.25% 17.72% 5.79%
Staffing 360 Solutions -5.01% -113.60% -16.50%

Risk and Volatility

ManpowerGroup has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Staffing 360 Solutions has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.4% of ManpowerGroup shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of ManpowerGroup shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are held 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.

Dividends

ManpowerGroup pays an annual dividend of $1.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Staffing 360 Solutions does not pay a dividend. ManpowerGroup pays out 28.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ManpowerGroup has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

ManpowerGroup beats Staffing 360 Solutions on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

ManpowerGroup Company Profile

ManpowerGroup Inc. is a provider of workforce solutions and services. The Company’s segments include Americas, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Asia Pacific Middle East (APME), Right Management and Corporate. The Company’s Americas segment includes operations in the United States and Other Americas. Its Southern Europe segment includes operations in France, Italy and Other Southern Europe. Its Northern Europe segment includes operations in the United Kingdom, the Nordics, Germany and the Netherlands. The Company’s APME operations provide a range of workforce solutions and services offered through Manpower, Experis and ManpowerGroup Solutions, including permanent, temporary and contract recruitment, assessment and selection, training and outsourcing. The Company’s Right Management segment provides talent and career management workforce solutions. The Company provides services under its Experis brand, particularly in the areas of information technology (IT), engineering and finance.

Staffing 360 Solutions Company Profile

Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. operates in the staffing sector. The Company is engaged in the execution of a global buy-and-build strategy through the acquisition of domestic and international staffing organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its targeted consolidation model is focused on the finance and accounting, administrative, engineering and information technology (IT) staffing space.

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