Head to Head Comparison: SThree (STREF) and ManpowerGroup (MAN)

SThree (OTCMKTS: STREF) and ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.


This table compares SThree and ManpowerGroup’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SThree N/A N/A N/A
ManpowerGroup 2.61% 18.67% 6.02%

Risk & Volatility

SThree has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ManpowerGroup has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SThree and ManpowerGroup, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SThree 0 0 0 0 N/A
ManpowerGroup 1 6 4 0 2.27

ManpowerGroup has a consensus price target of $120.50, suggesting a potential upside of 32.05%. Given ManpowerGroup’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ManpowerGroup is more favorable than SThree.


ManpowerGroup pays an annual dividend of $1.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. SThree does not pay a dividend. ManpowerGroup pays out 26.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ManpowerGroup has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of ManpowerGroup shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of ManpowerGroup shares are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SThree and ManpowerGroup’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SThree $1.32 billion 0.44 N/A N/A N/A
ManpowerGroup $21.03 billion 0.29 $545.40 million $7.04 12.96

ManpowerGroup has higher revenue and earnings than SThree.


ManpowerGroup beats SThree on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services in the Americas, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, and the Asia Pacific Middle East region. The company's recruitment service portfolio includes permanent, temporary, and contract recruitment of professionals, as well as administrative and industrial positions. It also offers various assessment services; training and development services; career management; and outsourcing services related to human resources functions primarily in the areas of large-scale recruiting and workforce-intensive initiatives. In addition, the company provides workforce consulting services; contingent staffing and permanent recruitment services; professional resourcing and project-based solutions in information technology, engineering, and finance fields; solutions in the areas of organizational efficiency, individual development, and career mobility; and recruitment process outsourcing, TAPFIN managed, and talent based outsourcing services, as well as Proservia services in the areas of digital services market and IT infrastructure sector. It operates through a network of approximately 2,700 offices in 80 countries and territories. The company was founded in 1948 and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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