Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ: BBSI) and BG Staffing (NASDAQ:BGSF) 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 institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.0% of Barrett Business Services shares are held by institutional investors. 6.0% of Barrett Business Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Barrett Business Services and BG Staffing’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barrett Business Services $881.77 million 0.40 $29.94 million $2.38 20.53
BG Staffing $257.30 million 0.49 $22.46 million N/A N/A

Barrett Business Services has higher revenue and earnings than BG Staffing.


Barrett Business Services pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. BG Staffing does not pay a dividend. Barrett Business Services pays out 42.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Barrett Business Services and BG Staffing, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barrett Business Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
BG Staffing 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Barrett Business Services and BG Staffing’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barrett Business Services 2.06% 33.55% 3.62%
BG Staffing 3.32% 22.69% 9.91%


Barrett Business Services beats BG Staffing on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Barrett Business Services Company Profile

Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI) is a provider of business management solutions for small and mid-sized companies. The Company has developed a management platform that integrates a knowledge-based approach from the management consulting industry with tools from the human resource outsourcing industry. BBSI’s purpose is to advocate for business owners, particularly in the small and mid-sized business segment. The Company offers two categories of services: Professional Employer Services (PEO) and Staffing. Its staffing services include on-demand or short-term staffing assignments, contract staffing, direct placement, and long-term or indefinite-term on-site management. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in 20 states and the District of Columbia through a network of 57 branch locations in California, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

BG Staffing Company Profile

BG Staffing, Inc. (BG Staffing) is a provider of temporary staffing services. The Company provides temporary workers to a range of customers that are seeking to match their workforce requirements to their business needs. Its customers operate across a diverse set of industries. The Company’s operations are organized into three segments: Commercial, Multifamily and Professional. The Company’s temporary staffing services consist of on-demand or short-term staffing assignments, contract staffing, and on-site management administration. Short-term staffing services assist employers in dealing with employee demands caused by such factors as seasonality, fluctuations in customer demand, vacations, illnesses, parental leave, and special projects. The Company’s contract staffing services place temporary employees with customers for time-periods of more than three months or for an indefinite time period.

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