Towers Watson & Co (NASDAQ: TW) and Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW) are both executive search services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Towers Watson & Co pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Monster Worldwide does not pay a dividend. Towers Watson & Co pays out 9.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Towers Watson & Co and Monster Worldwide’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Towers Watson & Co N/A N/A N/A $6.12 20.10
Monster Worldwide N/A N/A N/A ($3.43) -0.99

Monster Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Towers Watson & Co, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Towers Watson & Co and Monster Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Towers Watson & Co 13.78% 16.74% 9.29%
Monster Worldwide -124.54% -272.23% -86.30%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Towers Watson & Co and Monster Worldwide, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Towers Watson & Co 0 0 0 0 N/A
Monster Worldwide 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Towers Watson & Co beats Monster Worldwide on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Towers Watson & Co

Towers Watson & Co. is a global professional services company. The Company offers consulting, technology and solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards and risk and capital management. The Company provides clients with services across four business segments: Benefits, Risk and Financial Services, Talent and Rewards and Exchange Solutions. The Company delivers consulting services and solutions, and investment advice and solutions. The Company’s global services include: Program strategy, design and pricing; Employee engagement in health benefits; Health condition management consulting; Pharmacy benefit management consulting; Absence and disability management consulting; Workforce well-being evaluation and wellness and health promotion consulting; Performance measurement and monitoring. The Company provides other services, including product development, predictive modeling, strategies to enter into new markets, claim consulting and catastrophe modeling.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. is engaged in connecting people to jobs. The Company offers services in over 40 countries, providing job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities. The Company’s segments include Careers-North America and Careers-International. It offers digital, social and mobile solutions through its flagship Website monster.com. Its Monster Reach is focused on providing access to the candidates, with a set of job content across desktop, social and mobile. Monster Connections is focused on providing the tools to discover and connect with talent whether on Monster or anywhere on the social Web. Monster Solutions is focused on delivering its technology to a range of commercial, staffing and government customers. Its services and solutions include searchable job advertisements; recruitment media solutions through its advertising network and partnerships; social job distribution; display advertising, and lead generation.

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