CDI Corporation (NYSE: CDI) and TriNet Group (NYSE:TNET) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares CDI Corporation and TriNet Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CDI Corporation -4.47% -7.80% -4.81%
TriNet Group 3.33% 201.15% 5.42%

Risk & Volatility

CDI Corporation has a beta of 2.02, suggesting that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TriNet Group has a beta of 2.94, suggesting that its stock price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.1% of CDI Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.9% of TriNet Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of CDI Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 42.4% of TriNet Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CDI Corporation and TriNet Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CDI Corporation $761.18 million 0.20 -$7.59 million ($1.83) -4.54
TriNet Group $3.19 billion 0.77 $205.56 million $1.49 23.77

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for CDI Corporation and TriNet Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CDI Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
TriNet Group 1 1 1 0 2.00

TriNet Group has a consensus target price of $37.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.46%. Given TriNet Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TriNet Group is more favorable than CDI Corporation.

Summary

TriNet Group beats CDI Corporation on 12 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CDI Corporation

CDI Corp. provides engineering, information technology and staffing solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Global Engineering and Technology Solutions (GETS), Professional Staffing Services (PSS) and Management Recruiters International (MRI). It provides staffing services through its MRINetwork of franchisees. The GETS segment provides engineering and information technology solutions that involve the production of deliverable work products or services performed at its facility or at a customer’s facility. The PSS segment provides technical and professional personnel for discrete periods of time to augment the customer’s workforce in times of project, seasonal, peak period or business cycle needs. The MRI segment is a global franchisor that does business as MRINetwork and provides the use of its trademarks, business systems and training and support services to its franchisees. It serves the oil, gas and chemicals, aerospace and industrial equipment, and hi-tech industries.

About TriNet Group

TriNet Group, Inc. is a provider of human resources (HR) solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The Company’s HR solutions include services, such as multi-state payroll processing and tax administration, employee benefits programs, including health insurance and retirement plans, workers’ compensation insurance and claims management, employment and benefit law compliance, and other services. The Company provides an HR technology platform with online and mobile tools that allow its clients and their worksite employees (WSEs) to store, view and manage their HR-related information and conduct a range of HR-related transactions anytime and anywhere. The Company’s HR products and solutions include capabilities, such as technology platform, HR expertise, benefits and compliance. The Company’s clients are distributed across a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, financial services, property management, retail, manufacturing and hospitality.

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