The Advisory Board (NASDAQ:ABCO) and Checkpoint Systems (CKP) Financial Comparison

Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) and The Advisory Board (NASDAQ:ABCO) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Checkpoint Systems and The Advisory Board’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Checkpoint Systems -27.26% -50.16% -20.24%
The Advisory Board -3.42% 0.48% -1.23%

Volatility & Risk

Checkpoint Systems has a beta of 1.67, meaning that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Advisory Board has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.5% of The Advisory Board shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of The Advisory Board shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Checkpoint Systems and The Advisory Board, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Checkpoint Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Advisory Board 0 11 3 0 2.21

The Advisory Board has a consensus target price of $51.44, suggesting a potential downside of 4.44%. Given The Advisory Board’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe The Advisory Board is more favorable than Checkpoint Systems.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Checkpoint Systems and The Advisory Board’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Checkpoint Systems N/A N/A N/A ($1.32) -7.68
The Advisory Board $803.42 million 2.73 $91.23 million $1.74 30.94

The Advisory Board has higher revenue and earnings than Checkpoint Systems. Checkpoint Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Advisory Board, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

The Advisory Board beats Checkpoint Systems on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

The Advisory Board Company Profile

The Advisory Board Company is a provider of software and solutions to the healthcare and higher education industries. The Company offers subscription-based membership programs, software and data-enabled services. All of its programs are rooted in best practices and extends across four areas, including Best practices research, Technology, Data-enabled services and Consulting services. The best practices research and insight programs provide the foundation for all of its other programs. The Company offers technology analytics programs anchored by cloud-based software applications that surface performance improvement opportunities to accelerate progress. Through its consulting services, the Company provides on-the-ground support for performance improvement initiatives, as well as best practice professional management of areas of the hospital or medical group. The Company’s data-enabled services are primarily focused in the area of enrollment management.

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