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Executive Summary

Barrett Business Services, Inc. provides business management solutions for small and mid-sized companies in the United States.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with proven track record and pays a dividend.

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Share Price & News

How has Barrett Business Services's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: BBSI's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Professional Services


US Market

1 Year Return




US Professional Services


US Market

Return vs Industry: BBSI underperformed the US Professional Services industry which returned 15.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: BBSI underperformed the US Market which returned 8.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day4.6%5.6%2.9%
30 Day22.0%11.6%10.6%
90 Day-4.8%3.4%5.1%
1 Year-30.8%-32.1%16.1%15.2%11.4%8.9%
3 Year-5.2%-9.6%51.7%47.2%34.3%25.4%
5 Year39.8%27.8%68.0%59.2%60.7%42.7%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Barrett Business Services's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Barrett Business Services undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: BBSI ($53.04) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($51.26)

Significantly Below Fair Value: BBSI is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: BBSI is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.4x) compared to the Professional Services industry average (19.6x).

PE vs Market: BBSI is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.4x) compared to the US market (16.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: BBSI is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.1x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: BBSI is good value based on its PB Ratio (2.5x) compared to the US Professional Services industry average (3.1x).

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Future Growth

How is Barrett Business Services forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: BBSI's forecast earnings growth (7.4% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: BBSI's earnings (7.4% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.3% per year).

High Growth Earnings: BBSI's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: BBSI's revenue (1.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (8.8% per year).

High Growth Revenue: BBSI's revenue (1.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if BBSI's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has Barrett Business Services performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: BBSI has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: BBSI's current net profit margins (5%) are higher than last year (4.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: BBSI has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 36.3% per year.

Accelerating Growth: BBSI's earnings growth over the past year (5.1%) is below its 5-year average (36.3% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: BBSI earnings growth over the past year (5.1%) underperformed the Professional Services industry 10.2%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: BBSI's Return on Equity (29.3%) is considered high.

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Financial Health

How is Barrett Business Services's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: BBSI's short term assets ($398.4M) exceed its short term liabilities ($343.4M).

Long Term Liabilities: BBSI's short term assets ($398.4M) exceed its long term liabilities ($354.9M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: BBSI's debt to equity ratio (2.4%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: BBSI's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 157% to 2.4% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: BBSI's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (1216.8%).

Interest Coverage: BBSI earns more interest than it pays, so coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

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What is Barrett Business Services's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: BBSI's dividend (2.26%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.62%).

High Dividend: BBSI's dividend (2.26%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.32%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: BBSI's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: BBSI's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (18.2%), BBSI's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Gary Kramer (39yo)





Mr. Gary Edward Kramer serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at Barrett Business Services, Inc. since March 5, 2020 and its Director since May 27, 2020. Mr. Kramer served as Chief Financial and A ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Gary's total compensation ($USD1.54M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD2.15M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Gary's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Gary Kramer
President0.25yrUS$1.54m0.23% $935.2k
Gerald Blotz
COO & VPno dataUS$1.41m0.30% $1.2m
Anthony Harris
CFO & Secretary0.25yrno data0.0090% $36.1k
Michael Saverien
Executive Director of Sales & Distribution0.17yrno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: BBSI's management team is not considered experienced ( 0.3 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Gary Kramer
President0.25yrUS$1.54m0.23% $935.2k
Anthony Meeker
Independent Chairman of the Board9.42yrsUS$174.95k0.17% $689.4k
James Hicks
Independent Director19.42yrsUS$137.04k0.19% $769.5k
Thomas Carley
Independent Director20.42yrsUS$136.20k0.31% $1.2m
Diane Dewbrey
Independent Director0.67yrUS$58.34kno data
Jon Justesen
Independent Director15.5yrsUS$134.95k0.35% $1.4m
Thomas Cusick
Independent Director3.67yrsUS$142.45k0.019% $78.0k
Vincent Price
Independent Director3.42yrsUS$139.12k0.018% $71.2k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: BBSI's board of directors are considered experienced (6.5 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: BBSI insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Barrett Business Services, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Barrett Business Services, Inc.
  • Ticker: BBSI
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1965
  • Industry: Human Resource and Employment Services
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: US$399.765m
  • Shares outstanding: 7.54m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Barrett Business Services, Inc.
  • 8100 NE Parkway Drive
  • Suite 200
  • Vancouver
  • Washington
  • 98662
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
BBSINasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDJun 1993
BB1DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJun 1993


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. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/06/05 02:27
End of Day Share Price2020/06/04 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.