WNS (NYSE:WNS) and Sothebys (NYSE:BID) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares WNS and Sothebys’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|WNS||$809.10 million||3.65||$105.43 million||$2.25||26.13|
|Sothebys||$1.04 billion||2.56||$108.63 million||$2.48||22.97|
Sothebys has higher revenue and earnings than WNS. Sothebys is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WNS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
94.3% of WNS shares are held by institutional investors. 16.0% of Sothebys shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares WNS and Sothebys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of current ratings for WNS and Sothebys, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
WNS presently has a consensus price target of $68.14, suggesting a potential upside of 15.91%. Sothebys has a consensus price target of $52.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.71%. Given WNS’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe WNS is more favorable than Sothebys.
Risk & Volatility
WNS has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sothebys has a beta of 2, meaning that its stock price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500.
WNS beats Sothebys on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
WNS (Holdings) Limited, a business process management company, together with its subsidiaries, provides data, voice, analytical, and business transformation services worldwide. It operates through two segments, WNS Global BPM and WNS Auto Claims BPM. The company offers industry-specific services to clients primarily in insurance; travel and leisure; diversified businesses, including manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, media and entertainment, and telecommunication; utilities; consulting and professional services; healthcare; banking and financial services; and shipping and logistics industries. It also provides shared services, such as customer interaction, finance and accounting, research and analytics, technology, legal, and human resources outsourcing services. In addition, the company offers transformation services designed to help its clients to modify their business processes to enhance productivity, as well as manage changes in the business environment and leverage business knowledge to increase market competitiveness. Further, it provides claims handling and repair management services for automobile repairs through a network of third party repair centers; and a suite of accident management services, such as credit hire and credit repair. WNS (Holdings) Limited was founded in 1996 and is based in Mumbai, India.
Sotheby’s operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, jewelry, wine, and collectibles in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Switzerland, France, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Agency and Finance. The Agency segment accepts property on consignment; and matches sellers to buyers through the auction or private sale process. It is also involved in the sale of artworks; and operation of an auction house for investment-quality automobiles. The Finance segment offers art-related financing services, such as term loans secured by artworks. In addition, the company provides art advisory service. The company is also involved in the retail wine operations; licensing Sotheby’s International Realty and related trademarks; and licensing its Sotheby’s brand name for use in connection with the art auction business in Australia, and art education services in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sotheby’s was founded in 1744 and is headquartered in New York, New York.