Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA) and Checkpoint Systems (NYSE:CKP) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Checkpoint Systems does not pay a dividend. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers pays out 144.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Checkpoint Systems has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and Checkpoint Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers $566.33 million 5.53 $203.46 million $0.47 62.24
Checkpoint Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has higher revenue and earnings than Checkpoint Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.1% of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and Checkpoint Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers 8.96% 14.72% 6.14%
Checkpoint Systems -27.26% -50.16% -20.24%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and Checkpoint Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers 2 5 4 0 2.18
Checkpoint Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers currently has a consensus target price of $32.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.11%. Given Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is more favorable than Checkpoint Systems.

Summary

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers beats Checkpoint Systems on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Company Profile

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc is a Canada-based holding company. The Company is an industrial auctioneer and used equipment distributor, selling used equipment and other assets. Its segments include Core Auction, which is a network of auction locations that conduct live, unreserved auctions with both on-site and online bidding, and Other, which includes its EquipmentOne and Mascus International Holding B.V. (Mascus) online services. EquipmentOne is an online marketplace that equipment sellers can navigate independently. EquipmentOne facilitates the completion of sales through a settlement process managed by EquipmentOne that protects both the seller and the buyer. Mascus is an online equipment listing service for used heavy machinery and trucks. It offers subscriptions to equipment dealers, brokers, exporters and equipment manufacturers to list equipment available for sale at a listed price. The Company, through Mascus, provides online advertising services, business tools and solutions.

Checkpoint Systems Company Profile

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. is a United States-based supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry. The Company provides end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft. It offers merchandise availability solutions, such as shrink management, including antennas, labels and tags, source tagging, deactivation, remote service and support, and Alpha High Theft Solutions, and merchandise visibility solutions, including inventory management, asset tracking and OneTag Program. OneTag Program allows retailers to obtain the benefits of inventory visibility and loss prevention with a single radio frequency identification tag. It offers apparel labelling solutions, such as Trim, including woven labels, printed fabric labels and specialty trim services, and brand merchandising, including printed items and self-adhesive. It serves markets, such as electronics and grocery.

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