Staffing 360 Solutions (NASDAQ: STAF) and 51job (NASDAQ:JOBS) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.0% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.7% of 51job shares are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Staffing 360 Solutions and 51job’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Staffing 360 Solutions $180.94 million 0.05 $4.34 million ($0.69) -0.88
51job $380.54 million 9.67 $116.09 million $1.35 44.39

51job has higher revenue and earnings than Staffing 360 Solutions. Staffing 360 Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 51job, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Staffing 360 Solutions and 51job’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Staffing 360 Solutions -3.78% -86.16% -12.57%
51job 21.23% 14.29% 9.19%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Staffing 360 Solutions and 51job, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Staffing 360 Solutions 0 0 0 1 4.00
51job 0 0 1 0 3.00

Staffing 360 Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 227.87%. 51job has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.13%. Given Staffing 360 Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Staffing 360 Solutions is more favorable than 51job.

Volatility and Risk

Staffing 360 Solutions has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 51job has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

51job beats Staffing 360 Solutions on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Staffing 360 Solutions

Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. operates in the staffing sector. The Company is engaged in the execution of a global buy-and-build strategy through the acquisition of domestic and international staffing organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its targeted consolidation model is focused on the finance and accounting, administrative, engineering and information technology (IT) staffing space.

About 51job

51job, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of integrated human resource services in China. The Company focuses on online recruitment advertising. The Company operates over three Websites, including www.51job.com, www.yingjiesheng.com and www.51jingying.com, which are utilized by a base of corporate employers, reach an audience of job seekers and aggregate job information from over 100 cities across China. The Company provides a range of human resource services in the categories, such as recruitment advertising services, including online recruitment services provided by its Websites, and other human resource related services, including business process outsourcing, training, campus recruitment, professional assessment tools, salary and other human resource related surveys, human resource conferences and executive search services.

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