Financial Contrast: UniFirst (UNF) vs. G4S (GFSZY)

UniFirst (NYSE: UNF) and G4S (OTCMKTS:GFSZY) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

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UniFirst has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, G4S has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for UniFirst and G4S, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UniFirst 0 1 1 0 2.50
G4S 0 1 4 0 2.80

UniFirst currently has a consensus target price of $171.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.66%. G4S has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.76%. Given G4S’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe G4S is more favorable than UniFirst.

Dividends

UniFirst pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. G4S pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. UniFirst pays out 4.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares UniFirst and G4S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UniFirst 4.69% 7.72% 6.21%
G4S N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares UniFirst and G4S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UniFirst $1.59 billion 1.89 $70.19 million $3.72 39.74
G4S $10.29 billion 0.51 $268.34 million N/A N/A

G4S has higher revenue and earnings than UniFirst.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.0% of UniFirst shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of G4S shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of UniFirst shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

G4S beats UniFirst on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

UniFirst Company Profile

UniFirst Corporation is a provider of workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in the United States. The Company designs, manufactures, personalizes, rents, cleans, delivers, and sells a range of uniforms and protective clothing, including shirts, pants, jackets, coveralls, lab coats, smocks, aprons and specialized protective wear, such as flame resistant and high visibility garments. It operates in six segments: the US Rental and Cleaning, Canadian Rental and Cleaning, Manufacturing (MFG), Specialty Garments Rental and Cleaning (Specialty Garments), First Aid and Corporate. The Company also rents and sells industrial wiping products, floor mats, facility service products and other non-garment items, and provides restroom and cleaning supplies and first aid cabinet services, and other safety supplies. It also decontaminates and cleans work clothes, which has been exposed to radioactive materials and service special cleanroom protective wear and facilities.

G4S Company Profile

G4S plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of security and related services in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and North America. The company offers integrated solutions, including analytics and intelligence, technology and software, consulting and risk management, monitoring and response, and manned and mobile security, as well as design, built, and integration systems. In addition, the company offers cash solutions, such as outsourcing cash management services; consultancy services to central banks and commercial banks on overall cash management strategy and cash cycle efficiency; managing ATMs; cash management services; and secure transportation of cash. Further, G4S plc provides specialist outsourced services, and security systems and technology services. It serves government, private energy and utilities, oil and gas, transportation and logistics, ports and airports, leisure and tourism, financial institutions, mining and metals, corporate and industrial, and retail sectors. G4S plc was founded in 1901 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

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