Head to Head Contrast: Volt Information Sciences (VOLT) versus The Competition

Volt Information Sciences (OTCMKTS: VOLT) is one of 29 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Volt Information Sciences to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Volt Information Sciences -3.07% -18.20% -2.59%
Volt Information Sciences Competitors 5.93% 27.52% 5.78%

Volatility & Risk

Volt Information Sciences has a beta of 2.44, meaning that its share price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Volt Information Sciences’ peers have a beta of 1.61, meaning that their average share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Volt Information Sciences $822.05 million -$33.59 million -5.77
Volt Information Sciences Competitors $3.19 billion $25.60 million 20.56

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Volt Information Sciences and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Volt Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 N/A
Volt Information Sciences Competitors 206 726 919 26 2.41

Volt Information Sciences presently has a consensus price target of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.33%. As a group, “Help supply services” companies have a potential downside of 3.18%. Given Volt Information Sciences’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Volt Information Sciences is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.1% of Volt Information Sciences shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.7% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Volt Information Sciences shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of shares of all “Help supply services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Volt Information Sciences peers beat Volt Information Sciences on 8 of the 10 factors compared.

About Volt Information Sciences

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 Orange, California.

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