Contrasting Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) and TrueBlue (TBI)

Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN) and TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cross Country Healthcare and TrueBlue, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cross Country Healthcare 0 1 4 0 2.80
TrueBlue 0 4 0 0 2.00

Cross Country Healthcare presently has a consensus price target of $16.30, indicating a potential upside of 22.28%. TrueBlue has a consensus price target of $20.25, indicating a potential downside of 12.90%. Given Cross Country Healthcare’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Cross Country Healthcare is more favorable than TrueBlue.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cross Country Healthcare and TrueBlue’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 0.57 $38.83 million $0.03 444.33
TrueBlue $2.61 billion 0.37 $138.93 million $1.41 16.49

TrueBlue has higher revenue and earnings than Cross Country Healthcare. TrueBlue 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.

Risk & Volatility

Cross Country Healthcare has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TrueBlue has a beta of 2.4, indicating that its stock price is 140% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.6% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of TrueBlue shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of TrueBlue shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cross Country Healthcare and TrueBlue’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%
TrueBlue 2.27% 15.18% 7.29%

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 TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. is a provider of specialized workforce solutions. The Company is engaged in providing staffing, on-site workforce management and recruitment process outsourcing services. The Company operates through three segments: PeopleReady, PeopleManagement and PeopleScout. Its PeopleReady segment provides blue-collar contingent staffing through the PeopleReady service line. Its PeopleManagement segment provides primarily on-premise contingent staffing and on-premise management of those contingent staffing services through four segments: Staff Management a SMX (Staff Management), SIMOS Insourcing Solutions Corporation (SIMOS), Centerline and PlaneTechs. Its PeopleScout segment provides permanent employee recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and management of outsourced labor service providers through two segments: PeopleScout and PeopleScout MSP.

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