Atento (NYSE: ATTO) and Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Atento has a beta of -0.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cintas has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atento and Cintas’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atento $1.76 billion 0.41 $60,000.00 $0.14 70.00
Cintas $5.32 billion 3.13 $480.70 million $5.08 30.81

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.7% of Atento shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of Cintas shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.9% of Cintas shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Atento and Cintas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atento 0 1 2 0 2.67
Cintas 1 7 2 0 2.10

Atento presently has a consensus price target of $14.67, suggesting a potential upside of 49.66%. Cintas has a consensus price target of $141.75, suggesting a potential downside of 9.42%. Given Atento’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Atento is more favorable than Cintas.

Dividends

Atento pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Cintas pays an annual dividend of $1.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Atento pays out 242.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cintas pays out 31.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cintas has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Atento and Cintas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atento 0.52% 12.63% 3.81%
Cintas 9.79% 23.71% 9.70%

Summary

Cintas beats Atento on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atento

Atento S.A. is a provider of customer-relationship management and business-process outsourcing (CRM BPO) services and solutions in Latin America. The Company offers a portfolio of CRM BPO services, including customer care, sales, collections, back office and technical support. The Company operates through three segments: EMEA, Americas and Brazil. Its services and solutions are delivered across multiple channels including digital (short message service (SMS), e-mail, chats, social media and applications, among others) and voice, and are enabled by process design, technology and intelligence functions. The Company also has client relationships across a range of industries working in sectors, such as telecommunications, banking and financial services and multi-sector, which comprise the consumer goods, services, public administration, pay television, healthcare, transportation, technology and media industries.

About Cintas

Cintas Corporation is a provider of corporate identity uniforms through rental and sales programs, as well as a provider of related business services, including entrance mats, restroom cleaning services and supplies, carpet and tile cleaning services, first aid and safety services and fire protection products and services. Its segments include uniform rental and facility services, and first aid and safety services. Its uniform rental and facility service segment offers services, which include rental and servicing of uniforms and other garments, including flame resistant clothing, mats, mops and shop towels, and other ancillary items. Its first aid and safety service segment offers services, which include first aid and safety products and services. Rental processing plants, rental branches, first aid and safety facilities, fire protection facilities, direct sales offices, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities are all utilized by the businesses included in All Other.

Receive News & Ratings for Atento S.A. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Atento S.A. and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.