Willdan Group (NASDAQ: WLDN) is one of 98 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Willdan Group to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Willdan Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Willdan Group $256.27 million $15.86 million 29.29
Willdan Group Competitors $1.12 billion $179.79 million 21.88

Willdan Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Willdan Group. Willdan Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Willdan Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.91% 8.82%
Willdan Group Competitors -86.23% -173.52% -2.74%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Willdan Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willdan Group 0 0 2 0 3.00
Willdan Group Competitors 614 1811 2563 61 2.41

Willdan Group presently has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.82%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 4.90%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.2% of Willdan Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Willdan Group has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willdan Group’s peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Willdan Group beats its peers on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

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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