Financial Contrast: Volt Information Sciences (VOLT) vs. Its Competitors

Volt Information Sciences (NYSE: VOLT) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Volt Information Sciences to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.8% of Volt Information Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.4% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Volt Information Sciences shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Volt Information Sciences and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Volt Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 N/A
Volt Information Sciences Competitors 308 808 927 55 2.35

As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential downside of 0.22%. Given Volt Information Sciences’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Volt Information Sciences has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Volt Information Sciences has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Volt Information Sciences’ competitors have a beta of 1.60, suggesting that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Volt Information Sciences and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Volt Information Sciences $997.09 million -$15.19 million -2.95
Volt Information Sciences Competitors $3.49 billion $111.68 million 16.90

Volt Information Sciences’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Volt Information Sciences. Volt Information Sciences is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Volt Information Sciences and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Volt Information Sciences -2.51% -37.15% -6.54%
Volt Information Sciences Competitors 0.64% 22.97% 4.31%


Volt Information Sciences competitors beat Volt Information Sciences on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

Volt Information Sciences Company Profile

Volt Information Sciences, Inc. provides traditional time, materials-based, and project-based staffing services in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Asia Pacific. The company operates through North American Staffing, International Staffing, and North American MSP segments. It provides contingent staffing, direct placement, personnel recruitment, staffing management, and other employment services; and managed service programs consisting of managing the procurement, on-boarding of contingent workers, and specialized solutions, such as managing suppliers, sourcing and recruiting support, statement of work management, supplier performance measurement, optimization and analysis, benchmarking of spend demographics and market rate analysis, consolidated customer billing, and supplier payment management solutions. The company also offers call center and payroll services; recruitment process outsourcing; and customized talent and supplier management solutions, as well as act as a subcontractor or associate vendor to other national providers in their MSPs. It serves multinational, national, and local customers in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, banking and finance, consumer electronics, information technology, insurance, life science, manufacturing, media and entertainment, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunication, transportation, and utilities. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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