Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN) and Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Cross Country Healthcare and Robert Half International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cross Country Healthcare 0 1 4 0 2.80
Robert Half International 2 4 2 0 2.00

Cross Country Healthcare presently has a consensus price target of $16.30, indicating a potential upside of 24.71%. Robert Half International has a consensus price target of $46.67, indicating a potential downside of 3.98%. Given Cross Country Healthcare’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cross Country Healthcare is more favorable than Robert Half International.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cross Country Healthcare and Robert Half International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cross Country Healthcare $854.40 million 0.56 $38.83 million $0.03 435.67
Robert Half International $5.20 billion 1.16 $591.57 million $2.58 18.84

Robert Half International has higher revenue and earnings than Cross Country Healthcare. Robert Half International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cross Country Healthcare, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cross Country Healthcare and Robert Half International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cross Country Healthcare 1.06% 12.78% 6.02%
Robert Half International 6.29% 29.97% 18.02%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.1% of Robert Half International shares are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Robert Half International shares are held by 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.

Dividends

Robert Half International pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Cross Country Healthcare does not pay a dividend. Robert Half International pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cross Country Healthcare has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Cross Country Healthcare has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Robert Half International has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Robert Half International beats Cross Country Healthcare on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cross Country Healthcare

Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is engaged in providing healthcare recruiting, staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Nurse and Allied Staffing, Physician Staffing and Other Human Capital Management Services. The Nurse and Allied Staffing segment provides traditional staffing, including temporary and permanent placement of travel nurses and allied professionals, and branch-based local nurses and allied staffing. The Physician Staffing segment provides physicians in various specialties, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants under its Medical Doctor Associates brand. The Other Human Capital Management Services is engaged in providing retained and contingent search services for physicians, healthcare executives, nurses, advanced practice and allied health professionals. It provides multi-specialty locum tenens services, as well as other human capital management services focused on healthcare.

About Robert Half International

Robert Half International Inc. provides specialized staffing and risk consulting services. The Company provides these services through its divisions, including Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, OfficeTeam, Robert Half Technology, Robert Half Management Resources, Robert Half Legal, The Creative Group and Protiviti. The Company operates through three segments: temporary and consultant staffing, permanent placement staffing, and risk consulting and internal audit services. The temporary and consultant staffing segment provides specialized staffing in the accounting and finance, administrative and office, information technology (IT), legal, advertising, marketing and Web design fields. The permanent placement staffing segment provides full-time personnel in the accounting, finance, administrative and office, and IT fields. The risk consulting and internal audit services segment provides business and technology risk consulting, and internal audit services.

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