Kelly Services (NASDAQ: KELYA) is one of 23 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Kelly Services to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Kelly Services and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kelly Services 0 1 0 0 2.00
Kelly Services Competitors 69 345 570 12 2.53

As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential upside of 6.74%. Given Kelly Services’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kelly Services has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Kelly Services has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kelly Services’ peers have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kelly Services and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kelly Services $5.37 billion $71.59 million 13.54
Kelly Services Competitors $4.22 billion $125.65 million 11.68

Kelly Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Kelly Services is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.0% of Kelly Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.1% of Kelly Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.1% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Kelly Services and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kelly Services 1.33% 7.92% 3.86%
Kelly Services Competitors 1.78% -1.77% 5.50%


Kelly Services pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Kelly Services pays out 13.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Help supply services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 28.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


Kelly Services peers beat Kelly Services on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Kelly Services

Kelly Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Americas Staffing, Global Talent Solutions (GTS), and International Staffing. It provides trained employees for data entry, clerical, and administrative support roles across various industries; schools with instructional and non-instructional employees; support staff for seminars, sales, and trade shows; assemblers, quality control inspectors, and technicians for electronic assembly; maintenance workers, material handlers, and assemblers for light industrial works; scientists, and scientific and clinical research workforce solutions; engineering professionals across various disciplines, including aeronautical, chemical, civil/structural, electrical/instrumentation, environmental, industrial, mechanical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, quality, and telecommunications. The company also provides IT specialists across various disciplines; creative talent in the spectrum of creative services positions; corporate finance departments, accounting firms, and financial institutions with various levels of financial professionals; and legal professionals, including attorneys, paralegals, contract administrators, compliance specialists, and legal administrators. In addition, it provides chefs, porters, and hospitality representatives; and manual workers and semi-skilled professionals in various trade, non-trade, and operational positions. Further, the company provides centrally delivered staffing for large accounts; contingent workforce outsourcing, recruitment process outsourcing, business process outsourcing, and payroll process outsourcing services; contact center staffing solutions; and legal managed services, as well as executive placement, career transition/outplacement, and talent advisory services. Kelly Services, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

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