Financial Analysis: Command Center (CCNI) versus Barrett Business Services (BBSI)

Command Center (OTCMKTS:CCNI) and Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Command Center and Barrett Business Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Command Center N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Barrett Business Services $920.43 million 0.51 $25.17 million $3.33 19.21

Barrett Business Services has higher revenue and earnings than Command Center.

Dividends

Barrett Business Services pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Command Center does not pay a dividend. Barrett Business Services pays out 30.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Barrett Business Services has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.0% of Barrett Business Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of Command Center shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Barrett Business Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Command Center and Barrett Business Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Barrett Business Services has a consensus price target of $97.50, suggesting a potential upside of 52.39%. Given Barrett Business Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Barrett Business Services is more favorable than Command Center.

Summary

Barrett Business Services beats Command Center on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Command Center

Command Center, Inc., a staffing company, operates primarily in the manual on-demand labor segment of the staffing industry. It provides services primarily in the areas of light industrial, auto and transportation, and event services. The company serves small to mid-sized businesses in the retail, construction, warehousing, industrial/manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality industries. As of March 28, 2018, it owned and operated 67 branches in 23 states. The company was formerly known as Command Staffing, LLC and changed its name to Command Center, Inc. in November 2005. Command Center, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.

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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