Kforce (KFRC) versus Its Peers Financial Analysis

Kforce (NASDAQ: KFRC) is one of 23 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Kforce to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Kforce and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kforce 0 2 2 0 2.50
Kforce Competitors 74 335 554 11 2.52

Kforce currently has a consensus target price of $26.25, indicating a potential downside of 3.67%. As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential upside of 10.30%. Given Kforce’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kforce has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kforce and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kforce $1.36 billion $33.28 million 17.36
Kforce Competitors $4.22 billion $126.12 million 11.17

Kforce’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Kforce. Kforce is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Kforce and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kforce 2.45% 29.84% 10.21%
Kforce Competitors 1.97% 16.27% 6.03%

Dividends

Kforce pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Kforce pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Help supply services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 28.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.7% of Kforce shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of Kforce shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 20.3% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Kforce has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kforce’s competitors have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Kforce competitors beat Kforce on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Kforce

Kforce Inc. provides professional staffing services and solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through Technology (Tech), Finance and Accounting (FA), and Government Solutions (GS) segments. The Tech segment provides temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients primarily in the areas of information technology, such as systems/applications architecture and development, project management, enterprise data management, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, machine learning, network architecture, and security. This segment serves clients in various industries comprising financial services, communications, insurance services, and government sectors. The FA segment offers temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients in areas, such as general accounting, business analysis, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial analysis and reporting, taxation, budget preparation and analysis, mortgage and loan processing, cost analysis, professional administration, outsourced functional support, credit and collections, audit services, and systems and controls analysis and documentation. This segment serves clients in various industries, including financial services, healthcare, and government sectors. The GS segment provides staffing services and solutions to the Federal Government as a prime and a subcontractor. It offers integrated business solutions to its clients in areas, such as information technology infrastructure transformation, healthcare informatics, data and knowledge management and analytics, research and development, audit readiness, financial management, and accounting. Kforce Inc. was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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