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

Profitability

This table compares Staffing 360 Solutions and On Assignment’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%
On Assignment 5.09% 14.70% 7.58%

Risk & Volatility

Staffing 360 Solutions has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, On Assignment has a beta of 2.12, suggesting that its share price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Staffing 360 Solutions $165.55 million 0.08 -$9.51 million ($0.69) -0.96
On Assignment N/A N/A N/A $2.15 28.47

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Staffing 360 Solutions and On Assignment, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Staffing 360 Solutions 0 0 0 1 4.00
On Assignment 0 1 4 0 2.80

Staffing 360 Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 203.03%. On Assignment has a consensus target price of $58.80, suggesting a potential downside of 3.95%. Given Staffing 360 Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Staffing 360 Solutions is more favorable than On Assignment.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of Staffing 360 Solutions 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.

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 On Assignment

On Assignment, Inc. is a global provider of in-demand, skilled professionals in the technology, life sciences and creative sectors. The Company matches resumes with job descriptions to match people they know into positions they understand for temporary, contract-to-hire, and direct hire assignments. It operates through two segments. The Apex segment provides technical, scientific and creative professionals for temporary, contract-to-hire and permanent placement positions and consulting services to clients across the United States. The Apex segment includes Apex Systems, Lab Support and Creative Circle. The Oxford segment provides specialized niche staffing, permanent placement and consulting services in select skill and geographic markets. The Oxford segment includes Oxford Global Resources, CyberCoders and Life Sciences Europe. The Company has a network of branch offices throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

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