Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX) vs. Willdan Group (WLDN) Head-To-Head Analysis

Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) and Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Odyssey Marine Exploration N/A N/A -224.48%
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.10% 8.73%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Odyssey Marine Exploration and Willdan Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.68 million 6.78 -$6.31 million ($1.10) -3.44
Willdan Group $208.94 million 0.98 $8.29 million $1.15 20.32

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.5% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.8% of Willdan Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Odyssey Marine Exploration and Willdan Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Willdan Group has a consensus target price of $37.67, indicating a potential upside of 61.18%. Given Willdan Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Risk and Volatility

Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.22, meaning that its share price is 222% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willdan Group has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Willdan Group beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Odyssey Marine Exploration Company Profile

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Odyssey) is a deep-ocean exploration company. The Company’s techniques are applied to mineral exploration, shipwreck cargo recovery, and other marine survey and exploration charter services. The Company is engaged in discovering shipwreck sites in the deep ocean and conducting archaeological excavations with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Its shipwreck discoveries include the SS Republic, HMS Victory, Black Swan, La Marquise de Tourny and other unidentified shipwrecks. The Company offers exploration services, including geophysical and geotechnical assessments of seabed mineral deposits to companies, including its subsidiaries and companies, in which it holds an equity position, as a resource development partner. The Company evaluates or explores various types of seabed mineral deposits, such as phosphorites, polymetallic nodules and seafloor massive sulfides. Odyssey offers its marine exploration services to third-party companies.

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.

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