Head-To-Head Contrast: Brink's (BCO) versus Huron Consulting Group (HURN)

Brink's (NYSE: BCO) and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of Brink's shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.0% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Brink's shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by 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.


This table compares Brink's and Huron Consulting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brink's 0.50% 36.76% 6.06%
Huron Consulting Group -21.06% 8.43% 4.14%

Risk and Volatility

Brink's has a beta of 1.77, suggesting that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.23, suggesting that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Brink's pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Huron Consulting Group does not pay a dividend. Brink's pays out 28.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brink's and Huron Consulting Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brink's $3.35 billion 1.09 $16.70 million $2.12 34.17
Huron Consulting Group $807.74 million 1.01 -$170.11 million ($7.92) -4.63

Brink's has higher revenue and earnings than Huron Consulting Group. Huron Consulting Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brink's, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Brink's and Huron Consulting Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brink's 0 0 4 0 3.00
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

Brink's presently has a consensus price target of $97.33, indicating a potential upside of 34.35%. Huron Consulting Group has a consensus price target of $48.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.97%. Given Brink's’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Brink's is more favorable than Huron Consulting Group.


Brink's beats Huron Consulting Group on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brink's Company Profile

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.

Huron Consulting Group Company Profile

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

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