Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) and Its Competitors Critical Survey

Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Robert Half International to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

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Robert Half International pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Robert Half International pays out 43.1% 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. Robert Half International has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Robert Half International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Robert Half International 2 3 5 0 2.30
Robert Half International Competitors 69 343 568 11 2.53

Robert Half International currently has a consensus price target of $58.30, suggesting a potential downside of 0.10%. As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential upside of 7.67%. Given Robert Half International’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Robert Half International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Robert Half International has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Robert Half International’s peers have a beta of 1.18, meaning that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.8% of Robert Half International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Robert Half International 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Robert Half International and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Robert Half International 5.52% 29.31% 17.52%
Robert Half International Competitors 1.78% -1.77% 5.50%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Robert Half International and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Robert Half International $5.27 billion $290.58 million 22.45
Robert Half International Competitors $4.22 billion $125.65 million 11.62

Robert Half International has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Robert Half International 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.

Summary

Robert Half International beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Robert Half International

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company operates through three segments: Temporary and Consultant Staffing, Permanent Placement Staffing, and Risk Consulting and Internal Audit Services. It places temporary personnel for accounting, finance, and bookkeeping; temporary and full-time office and administrative personnel consisting of executive and administrative assistants, receptionists, and customer service representatives; full-time accounting, financial, tax, and accounting operations personnel; and information technology contract consultants and full-time employees in the areas of platform systems integration to end-user technical and desktop support, including specialists in application development, networking, systems integration and deployment, database design and administration, and security and business continuity. The company also offers temporary and full-time employees in attorney, paralegal, legal administrative, and legal secretarial positions; and senior level project professionals in the accounting and finance fields for financial systems conversions, expansion into new markets, business process reengineering, business systems performance improvement, and post-merger financial consolidation. In addition, it is involved in serving professionals in the areas of interactive media, design, marketing, advertising, and public relations; and placing project consultants in various positions, such as creative directors, graphics designers, Web content developers, Web designers, media buyers, brand managers, and public relations specialists. Further, the company provides business and technology risk consulting, and internal audit services. It serves clients and employment seeking candidates. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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