Resources Connection (NASDAQ: RECN) and Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.
Volatility & Risk
Resources Connection has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mistras Group has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Resources Connection and Mistras Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Resources Connection presently has a consensus price target of $14.67, suggesting a potential downside of 10.30%. Mistras Group has a consensus price target of $34.57, suggesting a potential upside of 53.72%. Given Mistras Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than Resources Connection.
Resources Connection pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Mistras Group does not pay a dividend. Resources Connection pays out 82.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This table compares Resources Connection and Mistras Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider & Institutional Ownership
77.8% of Resources Connection shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of Mistras Group shares are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of Resources Connection shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Resources Connection and Mistras Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Resources Connection||$583.41 million||0.88||$18.65 million||$0.58||28.19|
|Mistras Group||$719.18 million||0.88||$24.65 million||($0.02)||-1,124.50|
Mistras Group has higher revenue and earnings than Resources Connection. Mistras Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Resources Connection, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Mistras Group beats Resources Connection on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Resources Connection Company Profile
Resources Connection, Inc. is a multinational consulting firm. The Company’s operating entities primarily provide services under the name Resources Global Professionals (RGP). The Company provides consulting and business initiative support services to its global client base in the areas of accounting; finance; corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management; corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring; information management; human capital; supply chain management, and legal and regulatory. The Company provides its services and solutions to a client base in a range of industries. Its finance and accounting services encompass accounting operations, financial reporting, internal controls, financial analyses and business transactions. It offers a range of technology solutions, which include enterprise resource planning systems; strategic front-of-the-house systems; human resources (HR) information systems, and supply chain management systems, among others.
Mistras Group Company Profile
Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.
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