Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) and Brink’s Company (The) (NYSE:BCO) are both business support services – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and Brink’s Company (The)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Acacia Research Corporation $152.70 million 1.39 -$54.06 million $2.40 1.75
Brink’s Company (The) $3.02 billion 1.32 $34.50 million $1.62 48.77

Brink’s Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Acacia Research Corporation. Acacia Research Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brink’s Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.3% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.2% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Acacia Research Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Brink’s Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Acacia Research Corporation does not pay a dividend. Brink’s Company (The) pays out 37.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Acacia Research Corporation and Brink’s Company (The), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acacia Research Corporation 1 0 1 0 2.00
Brink’s Company (The) 0 1 4 0 2.80

Acacia Research Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 54.76%. Brink’s Company (The) has a consensus target price of $92.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.46%. Given Acacia Research Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Acacia Research Corporation is more favorable than Brink’s Company (The).

Risk and Volatility

Acacia Research Corporation has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brink’s Company (The) has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Acacia Research Corporation and Brink’s Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acacia Research Corporation 145.12% 58.07% 53.68%
Brink’s Company (The) 2.51% 35.15% 6.53%

Summary

Brink’s Company (The) beats Acacia Research Corporation on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Acacia Research Corporation

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. The Company’s operating subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, applying their legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. The Company’s operating subsidiaries assist patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios, the protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use, the generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies and, where necessary, with the enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own or control the rights to multiple patent portfolios, which include the United States patents and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a range of industries.

About Brink’s Company (The)

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.

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