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

Profitability

This table compares On Assignment and Staffing 360 Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
On Assignment 5.09% 14.70% 7.58%
Staffing 360 Solutions -3.78% -86.16% -12.57%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.5% of Staffing 360 Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.8% of Staffing 360 Solutions 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 & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
On Assignment $2.53 billion 1.28 $263.01 million N/A N/A
Staffing 360 Solutions $180.94 million 0.06 $4.34 million ($0.69) -1.00

On Assignment has higher revenue and earnings than Staffing 360 Solutions.

Analyst Ratings

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

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

On Assignment currently has a consensus target price of $58.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.26%. Staffing 360 Solutions has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 190.11%. Given Staffing 360 Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Staffing 360 Solutions is more favorable than On Assignment.

Summary

On Assignment beats Staffing 360 Solutions on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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