Brink's (NYSE: BCO) and MAXIMUS (NYSE:MMS) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Brink's and MAXIMUS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brink's 0 0 3 0 3.00
MAXIMUS 0 3 1 0 2.25

Brink's presently has a consensus price target of $97.33, indicating a potential upside of 15.53%. MAXIMUS has a consensus price target of $63.75, indicating a potential downside of 7.61%. Given Brink's’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Brink's is more favorable than MAXIMUS.

Risk & Volatility

Brink's has a beta of 1.71, meaning that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MAXIMUS has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.5% of Brink's shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.2% of MAXIMUS shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Brink's shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of MAXIMUS shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Brink's pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. MAXIMUS pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Brink's pays out 37.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MAXIMUS pays out 5.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Profitability

This table compares Brink's and MAXIMUS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brink's 2.48% 18.11% 3.39%
MAXIMUS 8.54% 23.97% 15.63%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brink's and MAXIMUS’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brink's $3.02 billion 1.41 $34.50 million $1.62 52.01
MAXIMUS $2.45 billion 1.83 $209.42 million $3.17 21.77

MAXIMUS has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Brink's. MAXIMUS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brink's, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Brink's Company Profile

The Brink’s Company (Brink’s) is a provider of logistics and security solutions. The Company operates through nine segments: U.S., France, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Latin America, EMEA, Asia and Payment Services. The Company’s solutions include cash-in-transit (CIT), automated teller machine (ATM) replenishment and maintenance, cash management services, including vault outsourcing, money processing, and intelligent safe services, international transportation of valuables, and payment services. Its customers include financial institutions, retailers, government agencies (including central banks), mints, jewelers and other commercial operations around the world. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s global network served customers in over 100 countries. Its services offerings include Core Services, High-Value Services and Other Security Services.

MAXIMUS Company Profile

MAXIMUS, Inc. provides business process services (BPS) to government health and human services agencies. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Federal Services, Health Services and Human Services. The U.S. Federal Services segment provides BPS and program management for large government programs, independent health review and appeals services for both the United States Federal Government, and state-based programs and technology solutions for civilian federal programs. The Health Services segment provides a range of BPS, as well as related consulting services, for state, provincial and national government programs. The Human Services segment provides national, state and local human services agencies with a range of BPS and related consulting services for welfare-to-work, child support, higher education and K-12 special education programs.

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