Comparing CBIZ (CBZ) and Acacia Research (ACTG)

CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) and Acacia Research (NASDAQ:ACTG) are both small-cap business support services – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.1% of CBIZ shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.1% of Acacia Research shares are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of CBIZ shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of Acacia Research shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CBIZ and Acacia Research’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBIZ $799.83 million 1.05 $40.06 million $0.82 18.72
Acacia Research $152.70 million 1.42 -$54.06 million $2.40 1.79

CBIZ has higher revenue and earnings than Acacia Research. Acacia Research is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CBIZ, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

CBIZ has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acacia Research has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CBIZ and Acacia Research, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBIZ 0 0 0 0 N/A
Acacia Research 1 0 1 0 2.00

Acacia Research has a consensus price target of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 51.16%. Given Acacia Research’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Acacia Research is more favorable than CBIZ.

Profitability

This table compares CBIZ and Acacia Research’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBIZ 5.34% 8.94% 4.05%
Acacia Research 145.12% 50.75% 46.80%

Summary

Acacia Research beats CBIZ on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

CBIZ Company Profile

CBIZ, Inc. (CBIZ) is engaged in the professional services business. The Company operates its professional services business through acquiring and integrating accounting and financial service providers, group health benefits consulting firms, property and casualty brokerage firms, payroll service providers, and valuation and other service firms throughout the United States. Its segments include Financial Services, Benefits and Insurance Services, National Practices, and Corporate and Other. The Financial Services group includes accounting and tax, government healthcare consulting, financial advisory, valuation, and risk and advisory services. The Benefits and Insurance Services group includes group health benefits consulting, payroll, property and casualty, and retirement plan services. The National Practices segment includes managed networking and hardware services, and healthcare consulting.

Acacia Research Company Profile

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. The Company’s operating subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, applying their legal and technology expertise to patent assets to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. The Company’s operating subsidiaries assist patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios, the protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use, the generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies and, where necessary, with the enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own or control the rights to multiple patent portfolios, which include the United States patents and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a range of industries.

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