On Assignment (NASDAQ: ASGN) and Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for On Assignment and Robert Half International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
On Assignment 0 0 4 0 3.00
Robert Half International 2 4 2 0 2.00

On Assignment presently has a consensus price target of $55.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.80%. Robert Half International has a consensus price target of $46.67, indicating a potential upside of 4.99%. Given On Assignment’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe On Assignment is more favorable than Robert Half International.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares On Assignment and Robert Half International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
On Assignment $2.53 billion 0.96 $263.01 million N/A N/A
Robert Half International $5.20 billion 1.07 $591.57 million $2.58 17.23

Robert Half International has higher revenue and earnings than On Assignment.

Profitability

This table compares On Assignment and Robert Half International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
On Assignment 5.09% 14.70% 7.58%
Robert Half International 6.29% 29.97% 18.02%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.1% of Robert Half International shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Robert Half International shares are owned 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

Robert Half International pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. On Assignment does not pay a dividend. Robert Half International pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. On Assignment has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Summary

Robert Half International beats On Assignment on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

On Assignment Company Profile

On Assignment, Inc. is a global provider of in-demand, skilled professionals in the technology, life sciences and creative sectors. The Company matches resumes with job descriptions to match people they know into positions they understand for temporary, contract-to-hire, and direct hire assignments. It operates through two segments. The Apex segment provides technical, scientific and creative professionals for temporary, contract-to-hire and permanent placement positions and consulting services to clients across the United States. The Apex segment includes Apex Systems, Lab Support and Creative Circle. The Oxford segment provides specialized niche staffing, permanent placement and consulting services in select skill and geographic markets. The Oxford segment includes Oxford Global Resources, CyberCoders and Life Sciences Europe. The Company has a network of branch offices throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Robert Half International Company Profile

Robert Half International Inc. provides specialized staffing and risk consulting services. The Company provides these services through its divisions, including Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, OfficeTeam, Robert Half Technology, Robert Half Management Resources, Robert Half Legal, The Creative Group and Protiviti. The Company operates through three segments: temporary and consultant staffing, permanent placement staffing, and risk consulting and internal audit services. The temporary and consultant staffing segment provides specialized staffing in the accounting and finance, administrative and office, information technology (IT), legal, advertising, marketing and Web design fields. The permanent placement staffing segment provides full-time personnel in the accounting, finance, administrative and office, and IT fields. The risk consulting and internal audit services segment provides business and technology risk consulting, and internal audit services.

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