Comparison of Barrett Business Services Inc. (BBSI) and Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN)

As Staffing & Outsourcing Services companies, Barrett Business Services Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI) and Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN) are our subject to contrast. And more specifically their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barrett Business Services Inc. 940.70M 0.63 38.06M 4.24 19.12
Cross Country Healthcare Inc. 816.48M 0.34 16.95M 1.07 7.49

Table 1 shows the gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation for Barrett Business Services Inc. and Cross Country Healthcare Inc. Cross Country Healthcare Inc. has lower revenue and earnings than Barrett Business Services Inc. The business that is presently more expensive of the two stocks is the one that has a higher price-to-earnings ratio. Barrett Business Services Inc.’s current price-to-earnings ratio is higher than that of Cross Country Healthcare Inc., which means that it is the expensive of the two.


Table 2 demonstrates the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Barrett Business Services Inc. and Cross Country Healthcare Inc.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barrett Business Services Inc. 4.05% 31.4% 3.9%
Cross Country Healthcare Inc. -2.08% 16% 8.2%

Risk and Volatility

Barrett Business Services Inc. has a 0.9 beta, while its volatility is 10.00%, thus making it less volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500. From a competition point of view, Cross Country Healthcare Inc. has a 1.15 beta which is 15.00% more volatile compared to Standard and Poor’s 500.


Barrett Business Services Inc. has a Current Ratio of 0.9 and a Quick Ratio of 0.9. Competitively, Cross Country Healthcare Inc.’s Current Ratio is 2.2 and has 2.2 Quick Ratio. Cross Country Healthcare Inc.’s better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Barrett Business Services Inc.


Barrett Business Services Inc. dividend pay is $1 per share with 1.25% dividend yield annually. Cross Country Healthcare Inc. does not offer a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

Ratings and Recommendations for Barrett Business Services Inc. and Cross Country Healthcare Inc. can be find in next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barrett Business Services Inc. 0 0 2 3.00
Cross Country Healthcare Inc. 0 1 1 2.50

Barrett Business Services Inc.’s upside potential currently stands at 31.09% and an $105 consensus price target. Competitively Cross Country Healthcare Inc. has a consensus price target of $9, with potential upside of 17.04%. Based on the results delivered earlier, Barrett Business Services Inc. is looking more favorable than Cross Country Healthcare Inc., analysts opinion.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Barrett Business Services Inc. and Cross Country Healthcare Inc. has shares owned by institutional investors as follows: 81.7% and 90.8%. 1.9% are Barrett Business Services Inc.’s share owned by insiders. On the other hand, insiders owned about 2% of Cross Country Healthcare Inc.’s shares.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Barrett Business Services Inc. 8.66% 29.39% 15.4% 5.96% 7.79% 41.59%
Cross Country Healthcare Inc. -12.35% -16.72% -9.28% -19.72% -25.12% 9.41%

For the past year Barrett Business Services Inc. has stronger performance than Cross Country Healthcare Inc.


On 15 of the 16 factors Barrett Business Services Inc. beats Cross Country Healthcare Inc.

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, workersÂ’ compensation coverage, and certain other administration functions for the clientÂ’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.

Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. provides healthcare staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Nurse and Allied Staffing, Physician Staffing, and Other Human Capital Management Services. The Nurse and Allied Staffing segment offers traditional staffing, including temporary and permanent placement of travel nurses and allied professionals, and branch-based local nurses and allied staffing; and short-term staffing of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants, practitioners, pharmacists, and other allied professionals on per diem and short-term assignments. This segment markets its nurse and allied staffing services under the under the Cross Country Staffing, Mediscan, and DirectEd brands. It serves public and private acute-care and non-acute care hospitals, government-owned facilities, public and charter schools, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care facilities, physician practice groups, retailers, and other healthcare providers. The Physician Staffing segment provides physicians in various specialties, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants under the Medical Doctor Associates brand as independent contractors on temporary assignments at various healthcare facilities, such as acute and non-acute care facilities, medical group practices, government facilities, and managed care organizations. The Other Human Capital Management Services segment offers retained and contingent search services, principally for physicians and healthcare executives. Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

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