Lifelock (NYSE: LOCK) and Resources Connection (NASDAQ:RECN) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Lifelock and Resources Connection’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lifelock 8.46% 24.53% 10.96%
Resources Connection 2.60% 8.08% 5.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Lifelock and Resources Connection, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lifelock 1 3 0 0 1.75
Resources Connection 1 1 0 0 1.50

Lifelock currently has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Resources Connection has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.41%. Given Lifelock’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lifelock is more favorable than Resources Connection.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lifelock and Resources Connection’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lifelock N/A N/A N/A $0.17 141.18
Resources Connection $583.41 million 0.76 $41.75 million $0.47 31.49

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

Dividends

Resources Connection pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Lifelock does not pay a dividend. Resources Connection pays out 102.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.8% of Lifelock shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.1% of Resources Connection shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Lifelock shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of Resources Connection 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.

Volatility & Risk

Lifelock has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Resources Connection has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lifelock beats Resources Connection on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lifelock

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.

About Resources Connection

Resources Connection, Inc. is a multinational consulting firm. The Company’s operating entities primarily provide services under the name Resources Global Professionals (RGP). The Company provides consulting and business initiative support services to its global client base in the areas of accounting; finance; corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management; corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring; information management; human capital; supply chain management, and legal and regulatory. The Company provides its services and solutions to a client base in a range of industries. Its finance and accounting services encompass accounting operations, financial reporting, internal controls, financial analyses and business transactions. It offers a range of technology solutions, which include enterprise resource planning systems; strategic front-of-the-house systems; human resources (HR) information systems, and supply chain management systems, among others.

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