Brink’s Company (The) (NYSE: BCO) and ExlService Holdings (NASDAQ:EXLS) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brink’s Company (The) and ExlService Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brink’s Company (The) $3.15 billion 1.35 $340.80 million $1.68 50.21
ExlService Holdings $720.56 million 2.77 $101.10 million $1.97 30.01

Brink’s Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than ExlService Holdings. ExlService Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brink’s Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Brink’s Company (The) and ExlService Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brink’s Company (The) 0 1 3 0 2.75
ExlService Holdings 1 3 6 0 2.50

Brink’s Company (The) presently has a consensus price target of $86.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.96%. ExlService Holdings has a consensus price target of $59.40, suggesting a potential upside of 0.49%. Given Brink’s Company (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Brink’s Company (The) is more favorable than ExlService Holdings.

Dividends

Brink’s Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. ExlService Holdings does not pay a dividend. Brink’s Company (The) pays out 35.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Brink’s Company (The) and ExlService Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brink’s Company (The) 2.73% 34.49% 6.56%
ExlService Holdings 9.53% 14.34% 11.04%

Volatility and Risk

Brink’s Company (The) has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ExlService Holdings has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.9% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of ExlService Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of ExlService Holdings shares are owned 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.

Summary

Brink’s Company (The) beats ExlService Holdings on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brink’s Company (The)

The Brink’s Company (Brink’s) is a provider of logistics and security solutions. The Company operates through nine segments: U.S., France, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Latin America, EMEA, Asia and Payment Services. The Company’s solutions include cash-in-transit (CIT), automated teller machine (ATM) replenishment and maintenance, cash management services, including vault outsourcing, money processing, and intelligent safe services, international transportation of valuables, and payment services. Its customers include financial institutions, retailers, government agencies (including central banks), mints, jewelers and other commercial operations around the world. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s global network served customers in over 100 countries. Its services offerings include Core Services, High-Value Services and Other Security Services.

About ExlService Holdings

ExlService Holdings, Inc. is an operations management and analytics company. The Company segments include Insurance; Healthcare; Travel, Transportation and Logistics; Finance and Accounting (F&A); Analytics, and All Other. The Insurance operating segment serves property and casualty insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, annuity and retirement services companies. The Healthcare operating segment serves healthcare payers and providers. The Travel, Transportation and Logistics operating segment primarily serves clients in the travel, transport and logistics industries. The F&A operating segment provides finance and accounting business process management (BPM) services across an array of F&A processes. The Analytics services focus on driving business outcomes for its customers by generating data-driven insights across all parts of its customers’ businesses. The All Other segment includes banking and financial services, utilities and consulting operating segments.

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