Head to Head Comparison: Korn/Ferry International (KFY) vs. DHI Group (NYSE:DHX)

Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY) and DHI Group (NYSE:DHX) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Korn/Ferry International and DHI Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Korn/Ferry International 5.19% 12.14% 6.49%
DHI Group -3.80% 13.19% 4.55%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Korn/Ferry International and DHI Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Korn/Ferry International 0 3 2 0 2.40
DHI Group 0 4 1 0 2.20

Korn/Ferry International currently has a consensus target price of $32.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.08%. DHI Group has a consensus target price of $6.25, indicating a potential upside of 197.62%. Given DHI Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe DHI Group is more favorable than Korn/Ferry International.

Volatility and Risk

Korn/Ferry International has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DHI Group has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.1% of Korn/Ferry International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.2% of DHI Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Korn/Ferry International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.2% of DHI Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Korn/Ferry International pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. DHI Group does not pay a dividend. Korn/Ferry International pays out 27.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Korn/Ferry International and DHI Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Korn/Ferry International $1.57 billion 1.17 $183.70 million $1.47 22.01
DHI Group $215.60 million 0.49 $39.50 million ($0.17) -12.35

Korn/Ferry International has higher revenue and earnings than DHI Group. DHI Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Korn/Ferry International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Korn/Ferry International beats DHI Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Korn/Ferry International

Korn/Ferry International (Korn Ferry) is a people and organizational advisory company. The Company and its subsidiaries are engaged in the provision of talent management solutions, including executive search on a retained basis, recruitment for non-executive professionals, recruitment process outsourcing, and leadership and talent consulting services. Its segments include Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep. The Executive Search segment focuses on recruiting Board of Director and C-level positions, in addition to research-based interviewing and onboarding solutions, for clients predominantly in the consumer, financial services, industrial, life sciences/healthcare and technology industries. The Hay Group segment assists clients with ongoing assessment, compensation and development of their senior executives and management teams. The Futurestep segment provides talent acquisition solutions and services, such as project recruitment, individual professional search and consulting.

About DHI Group

DHI Group, Inc. provides data, insights and employment connections through specialized services for professional communities, including technology and security clearance, financial services, energy, healthcare and hospitality. The Company’s segments are Tech & Clearance, which includes Dice, Dice Europe and ClearanceJobs; Global Industry Group, which includes eFinancialCareers, Rigzone, Hcareers and BioSpace; Healthcare, which includes Health eCareers, and Corporate & Other. It sells recruitment packages, which allow customers to post jobs and source candidates through its resume databases and, in case of Dice, Dice Europe and eFinancialCareers, to utilize its Open Web search service. Its products and services include resume databases, job postings, open Web, and content and data. Its brands include Dice, Dice Europe, ClearanceJobs, Targeted Job Fairs, eFinancialCareers, Rigzone, BioSpace, Hcareers and Health eCareers.

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