CDI Corporation (NYSE: CDI) and BG Staffing (NASDAQ:BGSF) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CDI Corporation and BG Staffing’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CDI Corporation $818.41 million 0.19 -$8.17 million ($1.80) -4.58
BG Staffing $257.30 million 0.57 $22.46 million N/A N/A

BG Staffing has higher revenue, but lower earnings than CDI Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for CDI Corporation and BG Staffing, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CDI Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
BG Staffing 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares CDI Corporation and BG Staffing’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CDI Corporation -4.10% -7.85% -4.84%
BG Staffing 2.29% 13.02% 6.54%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.2% of CDI Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of CDI Corporation 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.

Summary

BG Staffing beats CDI Corporation on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CDI Corporation

CDI Corp. provides engineering, information technology and staffing solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Global Engineering and Technology Solutions (GETS), Professional Staffing Services (PSS) and Management Recruiters International (MRI). It provides staffing services through its MRINetwork of franchisees. The GETS segment provides engineering and information technology solutions that involve the production of deliverable work products or services performed at its facility or at a customer’s facility. The PSS segment provides technical and professional personnel for discrete periods of time to augment the customer’s workforce in times of project, seasonal, peak period or business cycle needs. The MRI segment is a global franchisor that does business as MRINetwork and provides the use of its trademarks, business systems and training and support services to its franchisees. It serves the oil, gas and chemicals, aerospace and industrial equipment, and hi-tech industries.

About BG Staffing

BG Staffing, Inc. (BG Staffing) is a provider of temporary staffing services. The Company provides temporary workers to a range of customers that are seeking to match their workforce requirements to their business needs. Its customers operate across a diverse set of industries. The Company’s operations are organized into three segments: Commercial, Multifamily and Professional. The Company’s temporary staffing services consist of on-demand or short-term staffing assignments, contract staffing, and on-site management administration. Short-term staffing services assist employers in dealing with employee demands caused by such factors as seasonality, fluctuations in customer demand, vacations, illnesses, parental leave, and special projects. The Company’s contract staffing services place temporary employees with customers for time-periods of more than three months or for an indefinite time period.

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