Maximus (NYSE: MMS) and Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Maximus and Willdan Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maximus 0 6 0 0 2.00
Willdan Group 0 0 2 0 3.00

Maximus currently has a consensus target price of $61.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.11%. Willdan Group has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.78%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Maximus.


Maximus pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Willdan Group does not pay a dividend. Maximus pays out 5.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Maximus has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willdan Group has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.3% of Maximus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.9% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Maximus shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maximus and Willdan Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maximus $2.47 billion 1.60 $384.91 million $3.07 19.85
Willdan Group $243.38 million 1.09 $15.27 million $1.13 27.39

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maximus 8.18% 26.21% 15.17%
Willdan Group 4.05% 20.02% 9.10%


Maximus beats Willdan Group on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maximus

MAXIMUS, Inc. provides business process services (BPS) to government health and human services agencies. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Federal Services, Health Services and Human Services. The U.S. Federal Services segment provides BPS and program management for large government programs, independent health review and appeals services for both the United States Federal Government, and state-based programs and technology solutions for civilian federal programs. The Health Services segment provides a range of BPS, as well as related consulting services, for state, provincial and national government programs. The Human Services segment provides national, state and local human services agencies with a range of BPS and related consulting services for welfare-to-work, child support, higher education and K-12 special education programs.

About Willdan Group

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.

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