WageWorks (NYSE: WAGE) and Brink’s Company (The) (NYSE:BCO) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Dividends

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.9% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of WageWorks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WageWorks 9.60% 9.52% 3.30%
Brink’s Company (The) 2.73% 34.49% 6.56%

Volatility & Risk

WageWorks has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brink’s Company (The) has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for WageWorks and Brink’s Company (The), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WageWorks 0 1 4 0 2.80
Brink’s Company (The) 0 1 3 0 2.75

WageWorks currently has a consensus target price of $80.30, indicating a potential upside of 25.86%. Brink’s Company (The) has a consensus target price of $86.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.32%. Given WageWorks’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe WageWorks is more favorable than Brink’s Company (The).

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WageWorks $434.87 million 5.82 $81.87 million $1.09 58.53
Brink’s Company (The) $3.15 billion 1.35 $340.80 million $1.68 50.03

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

Summary

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

About WageWorks

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.

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.

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