Financial Review: Barrett Business Services (BBSI) and Tapinator (TAPM)

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Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) and Tapinator (OTCMKTS:TAPM) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.


Barrett Business Services pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Tapinator does not pay a dividend. Barrett Business Services pays out 30.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.3% of Barrett Business Services shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Barrett Business Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Barrett Business Services and Tapinator’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barrett Business Services $920.43 million 0.54 $25.17 million $3.33 20.29
Tapinator $3.14 million 1.27 N/A N/A N/A

Barrett Business Services has higher revenue and earnings than Tapinator.

Risk and Volatility

Barrett Business Services has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tapinator has a beta of 2.19, indicating that its stock price is 119% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Barrett Business Services and Tapinator, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barrett Business Services 0 0 2 0 3.00
Tapinator 0 0 0 0 N/A

Barrett Business Services presently has a consensus target price of $97.50, suggesting a potential upside of 44.29%. Given Barrett Business Services’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Barrett Business Services is more favorable than Tapinator.


This table compares Barrett Business Services and Tapinator’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barrett Business Services 3.34% 36.31% 4.49%
Tapinator N/A N/A N/A


Barrett Business Services beats Tapinator on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Barrett Business Services Company Profile

Barrett Business Services, Inc. provides business management solutions for small and medium-sized companies in the United States. The company has management platform that integrates a knowledge-based approach from the management consulting industry with tools from the human resource outsourcing industry. It offers professional employer services, under which it enters into a client services agreement to establish a co-employment relationship with each client company, assuming responsibility for payroll, payroll taxes, workers' compensation coverage, and certain other administration functions for the client's existing workforce. The company also provides staffing and recruiting services, such as on-demand or short-term staffing assignments, contract staffing, direct placement, long-term or indefinite-term on-site management. It serves electronics manufacturers, various light-manufacturing industries, agriculture-based companies, transportation and shipping enterprises, food processors, telecommunications companies, public utilities, general contractors in various construction-related fields, and professional services firms. Barrett Business Services, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

Tapinator Company Profile

Tapinator, Inc. develops and publishes mobile games on the iOS, Google Play, and Amazon platforms. Its portfolio includes approximately 300 mobile gaming titles that have approximately 400 million player downloads, including games, such as ROCKY, Video Poker Classic, Solitaire Dash, Dice Mage, and Burn It Down. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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