CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) and The Advisory Board (NASDAQ:ABCO) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CBIZ and The Advisory Board, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|The Advisory Board||0||11||3||0||2.21|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
84.1% of CBIZ shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.5% of The Advisory Board shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of CBIZ shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of The Advisory Board shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares CBIZ and The Advisory Board’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|CBIZ||$799.83 million||1.11||$40.06 million||$0.82||19.82|
|The Advisory Board||$803.42 million||2.73||$91.23 million||$1.74||30.94|
The Advisory Board has higher revenue and earnings than CBIZ. CBIZ 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.
Volatility and Risk
CBIZ has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Advisory Board has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares CBIZ and The Advisory Board’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|The Advisory Board||-3.42%||0.48%||-1.23%|
The Advisory Board beats CBIZ on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
CBIZ Company Profile
CBIZ, Inc. (CBIZ) is engaged in the professional services business. The Company operates its professional services business through acquiring and integrating accounting and financial service providers, group health benefits consulting firms, property and casualty brokerage firms, payroll service providers, and valuation and other service firms throughout the United States. Its segments include Financial Services, Benefits and Insurance Services, National Practices, and Corporate and Other. The Financial Services group includes accounting and tax, government healthcare consulting, financial advisory, valuation, and risk and advisory services. The Benefits and Insurance Services group includes group health benefits consulting, payroll, property and casualty, and retirement plan services. The National Practices segment includes managed networking and hardware services, and healthcare consulting.
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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