CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) and Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ:LIOX) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CBIZ and Lionbridge Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBIZ 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lionbridge Technologies 0 1 0 0 2.00

Lionbridge Technologies has a consensus price target of $5.75, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Given Lionbridge Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lionbridge Technologies is more favorable than CBIZ.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CBIZ and Lionbridge Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBIZ $799.83 million 1.13 $40.06 million $0.81 20.37
Lionbridge Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.16 35.94

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

Profitability

This table compares CBIZ and Lionbridge Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBIZ 5.34% 8.94% 4.05%
Lionbridge Technologies 1.97% 12.05% 3.60%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.1% of CBIZ shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of CBIZ shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by 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

CBIZ beats Lionbridge Technologies on 5 of the 9 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 Lionbridge Technologies

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides translation, online marketing, global content management and application testing solutions. The Company enables more than 800 brands to manage international market share and engage their customers in local markets across the world. It offers various solutions, such as Language Translation Services, Global Marketing Services, Website Translation and Localization, Engineering, Technical Publications and Training, Testing Services and Translation Technology. Its portfolio of language translation services includes Website Translation, Software Localization, Real-Time Translation for Chat and Forums, and Interpreter Services. Its Data Management Services allow companies to manage unprocessed data from multiple languages. Its Crowd translation of user-generated content (blogs, messages, surveys, reviews) allows clients to repurpose pieces of consumer advocacy for a new target language.

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