Reviewing TTEC (TTEC) & Trueblue (TBI)

TTEC (NASDAQ: TTEC) and Trueblue (NYSE:TBI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares TTEC and Trueblue’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TTEC $1.48 billion 0.94 $7.25 million $1.80 16.78
Trueblue $2.51 billion 0.44 $55.45 million $1.74 15.29

Trueblue has higher revenue and earnings than TTEC. Trueblue is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TTEC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares TTEC and Trueblue’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TTEC 0.49% 22.28% 8.99%
Trueblue 2.21% 13.30% 6.59%

Dividends

TTEC pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Trueblue does not pay a dividend. TTEC pays out 30.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.7% of TTEC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of Trueblue shares are owned by institutional investors. 70.0% of TTEC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Trueblue shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for TTEC and Trueblue, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TTEC 0 1 0 0 2.00
Trueblue 0 2 0 0 2.00

TTEC presently has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of 42.38%. Trueblue has a consensus target price of $27.50, suggesting a potential upside of 3.38%. Given TTEC’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe TTEC is more favorable than Trueblue.

Volatility & Risk

TTEC has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trueblue has a beta of 2.14, meaning that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

TTEC beats Trueblue on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TTEC

TTEC Holdings, Inc., formerly TeleTech Holdings, Inc., is a customer service provider that delivers consulting, technology, growth and customer care solutions on a global scale. The Company operates through four segments: Customer Management Services (CMS), Customer Growth Services (CGS), Customer Technology Services (CTS) and Customer Strategy Services (CSS). The CMS segment designs and manages clients’ front-to-back office processes to deliver just-in-time, personalized, multi-channel interactions. The CGS segment offers integrated sales and marketing solutions to help its clients in the business-to-consumer or business-to-business markets. The CTS segment includes operational and system design consulting, customer experience technology product, implementation and integration consulting services, and management of clients cloud and on premise solutions. The CSS segment provides professional services in customer experience strategy, and system and operational process optimization.

About Trueblue

TrueBlue, Inc. provides contingent staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, and contingent staffing management services in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It operates through three segments: PeopleReady, PeopleManagement, and PeopleScout. The PeopleReady segment offers a range of staffing solutions for blue-collar, contingent on-demand, and skilled labor in construction, manufacturing and logistics, warehousing and distribution, waste and recycling, hospitality, general labor, and other industries under the Labor Ready, CLP Resources, and Spartan Staffing brands. The PeopleManagement segment provides contingent labor and outsourced industrial workforce solutions. It offers outsourced recruitment and on-premise management services, temporary skilled mechanics and technicians for the aviation and transportation industries, and temporary and dedicated drivers for the transportation and distribution industries under Staff Management, SIMOS Insourcing Solutions, PlaneTechs, and Centerline Drivers brands. The PeopleScout segment offers permanent employee recruitment process outsourcing services; and manages customers' contingent labor programs comprising vendor selection, performance management, compliance monitoring, and risk management. The company was formerly known as Labor Ready, Inc. and changed its name to TrueBlue, Inc. in December 2007. TrueBlue, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.

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