Lifelock (LOCK) and Willdan Group (WLDN) Critical Comparison

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lifelock and Willdan Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lifelock N/A N/A N/A $0.19 N/A
Willdan Group $208.94 million 0.87 $8.29 million $1.15 17.96

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

Profitability

This table compares Lifelock and Willdan Group’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%
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.10% 8.73%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.8% of Lifelock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.7% of Willdan Group shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Lifelock 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lifelock and Willdan Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lifelock 0 0 0 0 N/A
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Willdan Group has a consensus target price of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 82.41%.

Summary

Lifelock beats Willdan Group on 6 of the 9 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 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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