Comparing Resources Connection (RECN) and PRA Group (PRAA)

Resources Connection (NASDAQ: RECN) and PRA Group (NASDAQ:PRAA) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.8% of Resources Connection shares are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of Resources Connection shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of PRA Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Resources Connection and PRA Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Resources Connection 1 1 0 0 1.50
PRA Group 2 2 0 0 1.50

Resources Connection currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.54%. PRA Group has a consensus target price of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.48%. Given PRA Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PRA Group is more favorable than Resources Connection.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Resources Connection and PRA Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Resources Connection $583.41 million 0.81 $18.65 million $0.47 33.30
PRA Group $830.58 million 1.81 $85.09 million $1.24 26.77

PRA Group has higher revenue and earnings than Resources Connection. PRA Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Resources Connection, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Resources Connection and PRA Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Resources Connection 2.60% 8.08% 5.40%
PRA Group 7.57% 2.98% 0.90%

Risk & Volatility

Resources Connection has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PRA Group has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Resources Connection pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. PRA Group does not pay a dividend. Resources Connection pays out 102.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

PRA Group beats Resources Connection on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Resources Connection Company Profile

Resources Connection, Inc. is a multinational consulting firm. The Company’s operating entities primarily provide services under the name Resources Global Professionals (RGP). The Company provides consulting and business initiative support services to its global client base in the areas of accounting; finance; corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management; corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring; information management; human capital; supply chain management, and legal and regulatory. The Company provides its services and solutions to a client base in a range of industries. Its finance and accounting services encompass accounting operations, financial reporting, internal controls, financial analyses and business transactions. It offers a range of technology solutions, which include enterprise resource planning systems; strategic front-of-the-house systems; human resources (HR) information systems, and supply chain management systems, among others.

PRA Group Company Profile

PRA Group, Inc. (PRA Group) is a financial and business services company with operations in the Americas and Europe. The Company’s primary business is the purchase, collection and management of portfolios of nonperforming loans. The Company operates through the account receivables management segment. It also provides fee-based services, such as vehicle location, skip tracing and collateral recovery for auto lenders, government entities and law enforcement; revenue administration, audit and revenue discovery/recovery services for local government entities; class action claims recovery services and purchases; servicing of consumer bankruptcy accounts in the United States, and contingent collections of nonperforming loans in Europe and South America. The Company’s portfolio of nonperforming loans includes a set of accounts that can be categorized by asset type, age and size of account, level of previous collection efforts, payment history, and geography.

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