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Barrett Business Services, Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. Barrett Business Services shares (BBSI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Barrett Business Services employs 127,085 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$913.2 million.

How to buy shares in Barrett Business Services

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Barrett Business Services. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BBSI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Barrett Business Services reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$72.18, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Barrett Business Services, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Barrett Business Services. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Barrett Business Services's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Barrett Business Services's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$72.18, which is 14.22% down on its pre-crash value of USD$84.15 and 164.88% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$27.25.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Barrett Business Services shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$390.95 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$861.11.

Barrett Business Services share price

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Barrett Business Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$72.18
52-week range USD$27.25 - USD$95.64
50-day moving average USD$53.6917
200-day moving average USD$51.1863
Wall St. target price USD$77.5
PE ratio 9.6684
Dividend yield USD$1.2 (2.09%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.82

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Is it a good time to buy Barrett Business Services stock?

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Barrett Business Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $72.18 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) 5.85%
1 month (2020-10-30) 21.82%
3 months (2020-08-28) 23.81%
6 months (2020-05-29) 42.37%
1 year (2019-11-29) -18.31%
2 years (2018-11-30) 2.60%
3 years (2017-11-30) 8.77%
5 years (2015-11-30) 61.66%

Is Barrett Business Services under- or over-valued?

Valuing Barrett Business Services stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Barrett Business Services's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Barrett Business Services's P/E ratio

Barrett Business Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Barrett Business Services shares trade at around 10x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Barrett Business Services's PEG ratio

Barrett Business Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8684. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Barrett Business Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Barrett Business Services's EBITDA

Barrett Business Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$50.4 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Barrett Business Services's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Barrett Business Services financials

Revenue TTM USD$913.2 million
Operating margin TTM 5.07%
Gross profit TTM USD$638 million
Return on assets TTM 3.6%
Return on equity TTM 28.23%
Profit margin 4.9%
Book value $23.676
Market capitalisation USD$461.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Barrett Business Services shares

There are currently 114,268 Barrett Business Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Barrett Business Services's "short interest". This figure is 24.2% up from 92,008 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Barrett Business Services shares can be evaluated.

Barrett Business Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Barrett Business Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Barrett Business Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Barrett Business Services shares traded daily (recently around 59826.178010471). Barrett Business Services's SIR currently stands at 1.91. In other words for every 100,000 Barrett Business Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1910 shares are currently held short.

However Barrett Business Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Barrett Business Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Barrett Business Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Barrett Business Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Barrett Business Services shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0152% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Barrett Business Services shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Barrett Business Services.

Find out more about how you can short Barrett Business Services stock.

Barrett Business Services share dividends

21%

Dividend payout ratio: 20.65% of net profits

Recently Barrett Business Services has paid out, on average, around 20.65% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.09% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Barrett Business Services shareholders could enjoy a 2.09% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Barrett Business Services's case, that would currently equate to about $1.2 per share.

While Barrett Business Services's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Barrett Business Services is investing more in its future growth.

Barrett Business Services's most recent dividend payout was on 4 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 20 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Barrett Business Services's shares ever split?

Barrett Business Services's shares were split on a 1:2 basis on 5 December 2013. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Barrett Business Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 100% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Barrett Business Services shares which in turn could have impacted Barrett Business Services's share price.

Barrett Business Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Barrett Business Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $27.25 up to $95.64. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BBSI.US volatility(beta: 1.58)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Barrett Business Services's is 1.5825. This would suggest that Barrett Business Services's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Barrett Business Services overview

Barrett Business Services, Inc. provides business management solutions for small and mid-sized companies in the United States. It develops a management platform that integrates a knowledge-based approach from the management consulting industry with tools from the human resource outsourcing industry. The company offers professional employer services under which it enters into a client services agreement to establish a co-employment relationship with each client company, assuming responsibility for payroll, payroll taxes, workers' compensation coverage, and other administration functions for the client's existing workforce. It also provides staffing and recruiting services, such as on-demand or short-term staffing assignment, contract staffing, direct placement, and long-term or indefinite-term on-site management services. The company serves electronics manufacturers, various light-manufacturing industries, agriculture-based companies, transportation and shipping enterprises, food processors, telecommunications companies, public utilities, general contractors in various construction-related fields, and professional services firms. Barrett Business Services, Inc. was incorporated in 1965 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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