Reviewing HireQuest (HQI) & Its Competitors

HireQuest (NASDAQ: HQI) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare HireQuest to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares HireQuest and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
HireQuest $13.81 million $5.36 million 28.68
HireQuest Competitors $3.18 billion $21.92 million 11.34

HireQuest’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than HireQuest. HireQuest is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares HireQuest and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HireQuest 56.78% 20.88% 13.31%
HireQuest Competitors 5.92% 26.50% 6.22%

Volatility and Risk

HireQuest has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HireQuest’s competitors have a beta of 1.48, meaning that their average share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

HireQuest pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. HireQuest pays out 30.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Help supply services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 34.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. HireQuest has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for HireQuest and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HireQuest 0 0 0 0 N/A
HireQuest Competitors 220 787 998 31 2.41

As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential upside of 6.82%. Given HireQuest’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe HireQuest has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.0% of HireQuest shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 47.7% of HireQuest shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

HireQuest competitors beat HireQuest on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About HireQuest

HireQuest, Inc. engages in the provision of staffing services. It offers temporary, permanent, and direct-hire recruiting and staffing services of entry-level and clerical or admin employees, construction and light industrial workers, semi-skilled trades, healthcare personnel, and professionals and executives. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Goose Creek, SC.

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