Brink’s Company (The) (NYSE: BCO) and G&K Services (NASDAQ:GKSR) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Brink’s Company (The) and G&K Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brink’s Company (The) 2.51% 35.15% 6.53%
G&K Services 3.79% 9.12% 4.03%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brink’s Company (The) and G&K Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brink’s Company (The) $3.02 billion 1.29 $34.50 million $1.58 48.96
G&K Services N/A N/A N/A $2.85 N/A

Brink’s Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than G&K Services. G&K Services 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.5% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Brink’s Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. G&K Services does not pay a dividend. Brink’s Company (The) pays out 38.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Brink’s Company (The) and G&K Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brink’s Company (The) 0 1 4 0 2.80
G&K Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brink’s Company (The) presently has a consensus price target of $92.00, suggesting a potential upside of 18.94%.

Summary

Brink’s Company (The) beats G&K Services on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brink’s Company (The) Company Profile

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.

G&K Services Company Profile

G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused provider of branded uniform and facility services programs. The Company provides a range of workwear and protective safety apparel through rental and direct purchase programs. The Company also supplies various facility products and services, including floor mats, towels, mops, restroom hygiene products, and first aid supplies. It also manufactures certain work apparel garments that are used to support its garment rental and direct purchase programs. It operates in two segments: United States (includes the Dominican Republic) and Canada. The Company operated from approximately 160 locations, as of July 2, 2016. The Company serves a diverse base of customer locations in various industries, including automotive, warehousing, distribution, transportation, energy, manufacturing, food processing, retail, restaurants, construction and trades, hospitality, government, healthcare and others.

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