Mistras Group (NYSE: MG) and Resources Connection (NASDAQ:RECN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Mistras Group and Resources Connection, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mistras Group 1 5 1 0 2.00
Resources Connection 2 1 0 0 1.33

Mistras Group presently has a consensus target price of $36.33, suggesting a potential upside of 60.13%. Resources Connection has a consensus target price of $14.67, suggesting a potential downside of 11.65%. Given Mistras Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than Resources Connection.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mistras Group and Resources Connection’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mistras Group $719.18 million 0.89 $24.65 million $0.14 162.08
Resources Connection $583.41 million 0.89 $18.65 million $0.58 28.62

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

Dividends

Resources Connection pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Mistras Group does not pay a dividend. Resources Connection pays out 82.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Mistras Group has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Resources Connection has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mistras Group 0.68% 6.16% 3.48%
Resources Connection 2.98% 8.25% 5.53%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.9% of Mistras Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.0% of Resources Connection shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of Resources Connection shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Mistras Group beats Resources Connection on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Resources Connection

Resources Connection, Inc. is a multinational consulting firm. The Company’s operating entities primarily provide services under the name Resources Global Professionals (RGP). The Company provides consulting and business initiative support services to its global client base in the areas of accounting; finance; corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management; corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring; information management; human capital; supply chain management, and legal and regulatory. The Company provides its services and solutions to a client base in a range of industries. Its finance and accounting services encompass accounting operations, financial reporting, internal controls, financial analyses and business transactions. It offers a range of technology solutions, which include enterprise resource planning systems; strategic front-of-the-house systems; human resources (HR) information systems, and supply chain management systems, among others.

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