CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) and Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CBIZ and Mistras Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBIZ $799.83 million 1.04 $40.06 million $0.81 18.70
Mistras Group $719.18 million 0.84 $24.65 million $0.14 152.37

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.0% of CBIZ shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of Mistras Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of CBIZ shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.7% of Mistras Group 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.

Profitability

This table compares CBIZ and Mistras Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBIZ 5.34% 8.94% 4.05%
Mistras Group 0.68% 6.16% 3.48%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for CBIZ and Mistras Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBIZ 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mistras Group 1 5 1 0 2.00

Mistras Group has a consensus price target of $36.33, indicating a potential upside of 70.34%. Given Mistras Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than CBIZ.

Risk & Volatility

CBIZ has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mistras Group has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CBIZ beats Mistras Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CBIZ

CBIZ, Inc. (CBIZ) is engaged in the professional services business. The Company operates its professional services business through acquiring and integrating accounting and financial service providers, group health benefits consulting firms, property and casualty brokerage firms, payroll service providers, and valuation and other service firms throughout the United States. Its segments include Financial Services, Benefits and Insurance Services, National Practices, and Corporate and Other. The Financial Services group includes accounting and tax, government healthcare consulting, financial advisory, valuation, and risk and advisory services. The Benefits and Insurance Services group includes group health benefits consulting, payroll, property and casualty, and retirement plan services. The National Practices segment includes managed networking and hardware services, and healthcare consulting.

About Mistras Group

Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.

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