Analyzing Willdan Group (WLDN) and Lifelock (LOCK)

Willdan Group (NASDAQ: WLDN) and Lifelock (NYSE:LOCK) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.4% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Lifelock shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of Lifelock shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Willdan Group and Lifelock’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willdan Group $208.94 million 0.89 $8.29 million $1.16 18.24
Lifelock N/A N/A N/A $0.19 126.26

Willdan Group has higher revenue and earnings than Lifelock. Willdan Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lifelock, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Willdan Group and Lifelock, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Lifelock 0 0 0 0 N/A

Willdan Group presently has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 78.01%. Given Willdan Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Lifelock.

Profitability

This table compares Willdan Group and Lifelock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.10% 8.73%
Lifelock 8.46% 24.53% 10.96%

Summary

Lifelock beats Willdan Group on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Willdan Group Company Profile

Willdan Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company provides professional technical and consulting services to utilities, private industry and public agencies at all levels of government, primarily in California and New York. It operates through four segments: Energy Efficiency Services, Engineering Services, Public Finance Services and Homeland Security Services. The Energy Efficiency Services segment provides energy efficiency consulting services to utilities, state agencies, municipalities, private industry and non-profit organizations. The Engineering Services segment offers a range of engineering and planning services to its public and private sector clients. The Public Finance Services segment provides support for the various financing techniques employed by public agencies to finance their operations and infrastructure. The Homeland Security Services segment provides national preparedness, homeland security consulting, public safety and emergency response services.

Lifelock Company Profile

LifeLock, Inc. provides proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for enterprises. The Company monitors certain identity-related events, such as new account openings and credit-related applications. It operates in two segments: consumer segment and an enterprise segment. The Company’s LifeLock ecosystem combines data repositories of personally identifiable information and consumer transactions, predictive analytics and a technology platform. It applies predictive analytics to the data in its repositories to provide its members and enterprise customers’ actionable intelligence that helps protect against identity theft and identity fraud. It offers its consumer services on a monthly or annual subscription basis. It provides consumer risk management services, including delivering its on-demand identity risk, identity-authentication and credit information about consumers to its enterprise customers in the daily transaction flows.

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