General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN) and WageWorks (NYSE:WAGE) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

General Finance Corporation has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WageWorks has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for General Finance Corporation and WageWorks, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Finance Corporation 0 0 2 0 3.00
WageWorks 0 1 5 0 2.83

General Finance Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $7.60, suggesting a potential upside of 56.70%. WageWorks has a consensus target price of $80.30, suggesting a potential upside of 36.10%. Given General Finance Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe General Finance Corporation is more favorable than WageWorks.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares General Finance Corporation and WageWorks’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
General Finance Corporation $275.92 million 0.46 $55.88 million ($0.33) -14.70
WageWorks $434.87 million 5.39 $81.87 million $1.09 54.13

WageWorks has higher revenue and earnings than General Finance Corporation. General Finance Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WageWorks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

19.3% of General Finance Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.5% of WageWorks shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.8% of General Finance Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of WageWorks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares General Finance Corporation and WageWorks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Finance Corporation -1.81% -1.76% -0.48%
WageWorks 9.60% 9.52% 3.30%


WageWorks beats General Finance Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

General Finance Corporation Company Profile

General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp. (Pac-Van) and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (Lone Star), and the manufacturing operations of GFN Manufacturing Corporation and its subsidiary, Southern Frac, LLC (Southern Frac). As of June 30, 2016, the Company provided its storage solutions to over 41,000 customers across a range of industries, including commercial, construction, retail, transportation, education and others.

WageWorks Company Profile

WageWorks, Inc. is engaged in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits (CDBs). The Company administers CBDs, including pre-tax spending accounts, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), as well as Commuter Benefit Services, including transit and parking programs, wellness programs, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and other employee benefits. Its CDB programs assist employees and their families in saving money by using pre-tax dollars to pay for certain of their healthcare, dependent care and commuter expenses. Employers financially benefit from its programs through reduced payroll taxes. It provides operational support services to its clients and its cross-functional teams, including customer support and claims processing. It administers HSAs for employers that allow employee participants to invest funds to be used for qualified healthcare expenses.

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