Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) and Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Korn/Ferry International pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Monster Worldwide does not pay a dividend. Korn/Ferry International pays out 27.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Monster Worldwide and Korn/Ferry International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Monster Worldwide 1 2 0 0 1.67
Korn/Ferry International 0 3 2 0 2.40

Monster Worldwide presently has a consensus target price of $3.43, suggesting a potential upside of 0.68%. Korn/Ferry International has a consensus target price of $32.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.57%. Given Monster Worldwide’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Monster Worldwide is more favorable than Korn/Ferry International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.2% of Korn/Ferry International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Monster Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Korn/Ferry International 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Monster Worldwide and Korn/Ferry International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Monster Worldwide N/A N/A N/A ($2.79) -1.22
Korn/Ferry International $1.57 billion 1.26 $183.70 million $1.47 23.55

Korn/Ferry International has higher revenue and earnings than Monster Worldwide. Monster Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Korn/Ferry International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Monster Worldwide has a beta of 2.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Korn/Ferry International has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Monster Worldwide and Korn/Ferry International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Monster Worldwide -124.54% -272.23% -86.30%
Korn/Ferry International 5.19% 12.14% 6.49%

Summary

Korn/Ferry International beats Monster Worldwide on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Monster Worldwide Company Profile

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.

Korn/Ferry International Company Profile

Korn/Ferry International (Korn Ferry) is a people and organizational advisory company. The Company and its subsidiaries are engaged in the provision of talent management solutions, including executive search on a retained basis, recruitment for non-executive professionals, recruitment process outsourcing, and leadership and talent consulting services. Its segments include Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep. The Executive Search segment focuses on recruiting Board of Director and C-level positions, in addition to research-based interviewing and onboarding solutions, for clients predominantly in the consumer, financial services, industrial, life sciences/healthcare and technology industries. The Hay Group segment assists clients with ongoing assessment, compensation and development of their senior executives and management teams. The Futurestep segment provides talent acquisition solutions and services, such as project recruitment, individual professional search and consulting.

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