SThree (OTCMKTS: STREF) and Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SThree and Cross Country Healthcare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SThree $1.32 billion 0.44 N/A N/A N/A
Cross Country Healthcare $865.05 million 0.48 $37.51 million $0.61 18.74

Cross Country Healthcare has lower revenue, but higher earnings than SThree.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of Cross Country Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of Cross Country Healthcare 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for SThree and Cross Country Healthcare, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SThree 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cross Country Healthcare 0 5 3 0 2.38

Cross Country Healthcare has a consensus price target of $13.86, suggesting a potential upside of 21.23%. Given Cross Country Healthcare’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cross Country Healthcare is more favorable than SThree.

Profitability

This table compares SThree and Cross Country Healthcare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SThree N/A N/A N/A
Cross Country Healthcare 4.74% 9.99% 5.00%

Risk & Volatility

SThree has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cross Country Healthcare has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cross Country Healthcare beats SThree on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cross Country Healthcare

Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. provides healthcare staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Nurse and Allied Staffing, Physician Staffing, and Other Human Capital Management Services. The Nurse and Allied Staffing segment offers traditional staffing, including temporary and permanent placement of travel nurses and allied professionals, branch-based local nurses, and allied staffing; short-term staffing of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants, practitioners, pharmacists, and other allied professionals on per diem and short-term assignments; and travel allied professionals on long-term contract assignments. It serves public and private acute care hospitals, government-owned facilities, public and charter schools, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care facilities, physician practice groups, retailers, and other healthcare providers under the Cross Country Staffing, Mediscan, and DirectEd brands. The Physician Staffing segment provides physicians in various specialties, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants under the Medical Doctor Associates brand as independent contractors on temporary assignments at various healthcare facilities, such as acute and non-acute care facilities, medical group practices, government facilities, and managed care organizations. The Other Human Capital Management Services segment offers retained and contingent search services for physicians, healthcare executives, nurses, advanced practice, and allied health professionals. Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

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