Willdan Group (NASDAQ: WLDN) and Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (NASDAQ:ITRN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Willdan Group and Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US)’s gross 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||1.02||$8.29 million||$1.16||20.99|
|Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US)||$199.57 million||3.71||$32.13 million||$1.95||18.10|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
66.1% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Willdan Group and Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US)||18.99%||36.10%||22.09%|
Volatility & Risk
Willdan Group has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Willdan Group and Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US), as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US)||0||2||0||0||2.00|
Willdan Group presently has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 54.69%. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.98%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US).
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Willdan Group does not pay a dividend. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) pays out 49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Willdan Group beats Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) on 9 of the 16 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.
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) Company Profile
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is a provider of location-based services, consisting of stolen vehicle recovery (SVR), fleet management services and other tracking services. The Company also provides wireless communication products used in connection with its location-based services and various other applications. Its operations consist of two segments: location-based services and wireless communications products. Its location-based services segment consists of its SVR and tracking services, fleet management and value-added services consisted of personal locater services and concierge services. Its wireless communications products segment consists of short and medium range two-way machine-to-machine wireless communications products that are used for various applications, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic vehicle identification. It primarily provides its services, as well as sells and leases its products in Israel, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.
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