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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Vectrus and Lifelock, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vectrus 0 1 1 0 2.50
Lifelock 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vectrus currently has a consensus target price of $37.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.94%. Given Vectrus’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Vectrus is more favorable than Lifelock.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vectrus and Lifelock’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vectrus $1.19 billion 0.29 $23.65 million $2.01 15.35
Lifelock N/A N/A N/A $0.19 126.26

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vectrus 2.02% 17.25% 4.79%
Lifelock 8.46% 24.53% 10.96%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.6% of Vectrus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Lifelock shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Vectrus shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of Lifelock shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

About Vectrus

Vectrus, Inc. is a provider of services to the United States Government across the world. The Company offers services, including infrastructure asset management, logistics and supply chain management, and information technology and network communication. Its infrastructure asset management services support the United States Army, Air Force and Navy, and include infrastructure services, security, warehouse management and distribution, ammunition management, civil engineering, air base maintenance and operations, communications, emergency services, transportation, and life support activities at various global military installations. Its logistics and supply chain management services support and maintain the vehicle and equipment stocks of the United States Army and Marine Corps. Its information technology and network communication services consist of sustainment of communications systems, network security, systems installation and life cycle management of information technology systems.

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.

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