Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN) and Hudson Global (NASDAQ:HSON) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cross Country Healthcare and Hudson Global’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cross Country Healthcare $854.40 million 0.54 $38.83 million $0.03 423.33
Hudson Global $425.45 million 0.11 $4.00 million ($0.08) -18.00

Cross Country Healthcare has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Global. Hudson Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cross Country Healthcare, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cross Country Healthcare and Hudson Global, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cross Country Healthcare 0 1 4 0 2.80
Hudson Global 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cross Country Healthcare presently has a consensus target price of $16.30, indicating a potential upside of 28.35%. Given Cross Country Healthcare’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Cross Country Healthcare is more favorable than Hudson Global.

Risk & Volatility

Cross Country Healthcare has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hudson Global has a beta of -0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 139% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.5% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of Hudson Global shares are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of Hudson Global shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cross Country Healthcare and Hudson Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cross Country Healthcare 1.06% 12.78% 6.02%
Hudson Global -0.67% -4.29% -1.76%

Summary

Cross Country Healthcare beats Hudson Global on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cross Country Healthcare

Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is engaged in providing healthcare recruiting, staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Nurse and Allied Staffing, Physician Staffing and Other Human Capital Management Services. The Nurse and Allied Staffing segment provides traditional staffing, including temporary and permanent placement of travel nurses and allied professionals, and branch-based local nurses and allied staffing. The Physician Staffing segment provides physicians in various specialties, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants under its Medical Doctor Associates brand. The Other Human Capital Management Services is engaged in providing retained and contingent search services for physicians, healthcare executives, nurses, advanced practice and allied health professionals. It provides multi-specialty locum tenens services, as well as other human capital management services focused on healthcare.

About Hudson Global

Hudson Global, Inc. (Hudson) is a provider of professional-level recruitment and related talent solutions across the world. The Company’s segments include Hudson Americas, Hudson Asia Pacific and Hudson Europe. Its service offerings include Permanent Recruitment, Temporary Contracting, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Talent Management solutions. The Permanent Recruitment services leverage its consultants, supported by its specialists in the delivery of its methods to identify, select and engage the talent. In Temporary Contracting, Hudson provides a range of project management, interim management and professional contract staffing services. Hudson RPO services include complete recruitment outsourcing, project-based outsourcing, contingent workforce solutions and recruitment consulting. Its Talent Management Solutions’ capability encompasses services, such as talent assessment, interview training, executive coaching, employee development and outplacement.

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