Comparing Liberty Tax (TAX) and PRGX Global (NASDAQ:PRGX)

PRGX Global (NASDAQ: PRGX) and Liberty Tax (NASDAQ:TAX) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

PRGX Global has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Tax has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Liberty Tax pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. PRGX Global does not pay a dividend. Liberty Tax pays out 77.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PRGX Global and Liberty Tax’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PRGX Global $146.40 million 0.92 $8.38 million ($0.03) -199.93
Liberty Tax $173.99 million 1.11 $41.25 million $0.83 16.75

Liberty Tax has higher revenue and earnings than PRGX Global. PRGX Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Tax, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares PRGX Global and Liberty Tax’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PRGX Global -0.55% 0.30% 0.17%
Liberty Tax 26.38% 110.73% 46.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for PRGX Global and Liberty Tax, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PRGX Global 0 0 2 0 3.00
Liberty Tax 0 0 0 0 N/A

PRGX Global presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.33%. Given PRGX Global’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe PRGX Global is more favorable than Liberty Tax.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.7% of PRGX Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.8% of Liberty Tax shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.0% of PRGX Global shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 46.8% of Liberty Tax shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Liberty Tax beats PRGX Global on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

PRGX Global Company Profile

PRGX Global, Inc. (PRGX), together with its subsidiaries, provides recovery audit and spend analytics services. The Company provides recovery audit, procure-to-pay performance improvement, spend analytics and risk management services principally to large businesses and government agencies. The Company operates through three segments: Recovery Audit Services-Americas, Recovery Audit Services-Europe/Asia-Pacific and Adjacent Services. The Recovery Audit Services-Americas segment represents recovery audit services the Company provides in the United States, Canada and Latin America. The Recovery Audit Services-Europe/Asia-Pacific segment represents recovery audit services it provides in Europe, Asia and the Pacific region. The Adjacent Services segment includes spend analytics (data transformation and cost harmonization), Supplier Information Management (SIM) and Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Sustainability Index (CSI).

Liberty Tax Company Profile

Liberty Tax, Inc. is the holding company for JTH Tax, Inc. The Company is a provider of tax preparation services. The Company provides retail federal and state income tax preparation services and related tax settlement products in the United States and Canada. The Company’s tax preparation services and related tax settlement products are offered primarily through franchised locations. All of the Company’s offices are operated under the Liberty Tax Service and SiempreTax+ brands. The Company also provides an online digital Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tax program in the United States. The Company offers two types of tax settlement financial products: refund transfer products, which include providing a means by which a customer receives his or her refund, and refund-based loans. The Company’s LibTax software allows tax customers to have their federal and state income tax returns filed electronically.

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