Kelly Services (NASDAQ:KELYB) and Hudson Global (NASDAQ:HSON) Head to Head Review

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Kelly Services (NASDAQ:KELYB) and Hudson Global (NASDAQ:HSON) 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, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Kelly Services and Hudson Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kelly Services 0.29% 7.94% 3.91%
Hudson Global -7.11% -10.45% -7.96%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kelly Services and Hudson Global’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kelly Services $5.51 billion 0.16 $22.90 million N/A N/A
Hudson Global $66.93 million 0.55 $7.87 million N/A N/A

Kelly Services has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Global.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Kelly Services and Hudson Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kelly Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hudson Global 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Kelly Services has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hudson Global has a beta of 0.17, indicating that its stock price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Kelly Services pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Hudson Global does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Kelly Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.1% of Hudson Global shares are held by institutional investors. 93.1% of Kelly Services shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of Hudson Global 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.

Summary

Kelly Services beats Hudson Global on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kelly Services Company Profile

Kelly Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Americas Staffing, Global Talent Solutions, and International Staffing. It provides trained employees for data entry, clerical, and administrative support roles across various industries; schools with instructional and non-instructional employees; support staff for seminars, sales, and trade shows; assemblers, quality control inspectors, and technicians for electronic assembly; maintenance workers, material handlers, and assemblers for light industrial works; scientists, and scientific and clinical research workforce solutions; engineering professionals across various disciplines, including aeronautical, chemical, civil/structural, electrical/instrumentation, environmental, industrial, mechanical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, quality, and telecommunications. The company also provides temporary staffing and direct-hire placement services across various disciplines, such as corporate finance departments, accounting firms, and financial institutions with various levels of financial professionals, as well as places creative talent in the spectrum of creative services positions. In addition, it provides chefs, porters, and hospitality representatives; and manual workers and semi-skilled professionals in various trade, non-trade, and operational positions. Further, the company provides centrally delivered staffing for large accounts; contingent workforce outsourcing, recruitment process outsourcing, business process outsourcing, and payroll process outsourcing services; contact center staffing solutions; and executive placement, career transition/outplacement, and talent advisory services. Kelly Services, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

Hudson Global Company Profile

Hudson Global, Inc. provides talent solutions for small to large-sized corporations and government agencies under the Hudson RPO brand worldwide. It offers recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) recruitment services, such as complete recruitment outsourcing, project-based outsourcing, and recruitment consulting for clients' permanent staff hires; and RPO contracting services, including outsourced professional contract staffing and managed services. The company was formerly known as Hudson Highland Group, Inc. and changed its name to Hudson Global, Inc. in April 2012. Hudson Global, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

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