Resources Connection (NASDAQ: RECN) and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Resources Connection and Huron Consulting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Resources Connection 3.20% 8.08% 5.76%
Huron Consulting Group -15.94% 8.83% 4.64%

Risk and Volatility

Resources Connection has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.16, meaning that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Resources Connection and Huron Consulting Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Resources Connection $583.41 million 0.63 $41.75 million $0.55 22.32
Huron Consulting Group $731.79 million 0.97 $112.11 million ($5.98) -5.54

Huron Consulting Group has higher revenue and earnings than Resources Connection. Huron Consulting Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Resources Connection, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.2% of Resources Connection shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.5% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Resources Connection shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Resources Connection pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Huron Consulting Group does not pay a dividend. Resources Connection pays out 87.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Resources Connection and Huron Consulting Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Resources Connection 1 2 0 0 1.67
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 2 0 2.50

Resources Connection currently has a consensus target price of $13.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.98%. Given Resources Connection’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Resources Connection is more favorable than Huron Consulting Group.

Summary

Huron Consulting Group beats Resources Connection on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Resources Connection Company Profile

Resources Connection, Inc. is a multinational consulting firm. The Company’s operating entities primarily provide services under the name Resources Global Professionals (RGP). The Company provides consulting and business initiative support services to its global client base in the areas of accounting; finance; corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management; corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring; information management; human capital; supply chain management, and legal and regulatory. The Company provides its services and solutions to a client base in a range of industries. Its finance and accounting services encompass accounting operations, financial reporting, internal controls, financial analyses and business transactions. It offers a range of technology solutions, which include enterprise resource planning systems; strategic front-of-the-house systems; human resources (HR) information systems, and supply chain management systems, among others.

Huron Consulting Group Company Profile

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

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