Contrasting Barrett Business Services (BBSI) & The Competition

Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ: BBSI) is one of 23 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Barrett Business Services to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and earnings.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barrett Business Services 2.73% 34.14% 3.95%
Barrett Business Services Competitors 1.78% -1.82% 5.49%

Volatility and Risk

Barrett Business Services has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barrett Business Services’ rivals have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.0% of Barrett Business Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Barrett Business Services shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.3% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barrett Business Services and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Barrett Business Services $920.43 million $25.17 million 24.61
Barrett Business Services Competitors $4.22 billion $125.65 million 11.37

Barrett Business Services’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Barrett Business Services. Barrett Business Services is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Barrett Business Services and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barrett Business Services 0 0 1 0 3.00
Barrett Business Services Competitors 74 336 555 11 2.52

Barrett Business Services currently has a consensus target price of $105.00, indicating a potential upside of 28.13%. As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential upside of 5.31%. Given Barrett Business Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Barrett Business Services is more favorable than its rivals.


Barrett Business Services pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Barrett Business Services pays out 30.0% 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. Barrett Business Services lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.


Barrett Business Services beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Barrett Business Services

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.

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