TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) and 51job (NASDAQ:JOBS) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.8% of TrueBlue shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.8% of 51job shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of TrueBlue shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TrueBlue and 51job’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TrueBlue $2.67 billion 0.40 $142.54 million ($0.43) -60.00
51job $359.92 million 3.99 $105.86 million $1.62 29.50

TrueBlue has higher revenue and earnings than 51job. TrueBlue is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 51job, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares TrueBlue and 51job’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TrueBlue -0.66% 16.30% 7.61%
51job 31.03% 14.53% 9.37%

Risk and Volatility

TrueBlue has a beta of 2.35, indicating that its share price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 51job has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for TrueBlue and 51job, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TrueBlue 0 3 0 0 2.00
51job 0 0 0 0 N/A

TrueBlue currently has a consensus target price of $20.33, suggesting a potential downside of 21.19%. Given TrueBlue’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe TrueBlue is more favorable than 51job.

Summary

TrueBlue beats 51job on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. is a provider of specialized workforce solutions. The Company is engaged in providing staffing, on-site workforce management and recruitment process outsourcing services. The Company operates through three segments: PeopleReady, PeopleManagement and PeopleScout. Its PeopleReady segment provides blue-collar contingent staffing through the PeopleReady service line. Its PeopleManagement segment provides primarily on-premise contingent staffing and on-premise management of those contingent staffing services through four segments: Staff Management a SMX (Staff Management), SIMOS Insourcing Solutions Corporation (SIMOS), Centerline and PlaneTechs. Its PeopleScout segment provides permanent employee recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and management of outsourced labor service providers through two segments: PeopleScout and PeopleScout MSP.

About 51job

51job, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of integrated human resource services in China. The Company focuses on online recruitment advertising. The Company operates over three Websites, including www.51job.com, www.yingjiesheng.com and www.51jingying.com, which are utilized by a base of corporate employers, reach an audience of job seekers and aggregate job information from over 100 cities across China. The Company provides a range of human resource services in the categories, such as recruitment advertising services, including online recruitment services provided by its Websites, and other human resource related services, including business process outsourcing, training, campus recruitment, professional assessment tools, salary and other human resource related surveys, human resource conferences and executive search services.

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