Willdan Group (NASDAQ: WLDN) and TMS International (NYSE:TMS) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Willdan Group and TMS International, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

Willdan Group currently has a consensus price target of $37.67, indicating a potential upside of 53.05%. Given Willdan Group’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than TMS International.

Profitability

This table compares Willdan Group and TMS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.10% 8.73%
TMS International N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.1% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Willdan Group and TMS International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willdan Group $208.94 million 1.03 $8.29 million $1.15 21.40
TMS International N/A N/A N/A $0.81 21.59

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

Summary

Willdan Group beats TMS International on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About TMS International

TMS International Corp. (TMS), formerly Metal Services Acquisition Corp., is a provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills in North America. The Company provides a range of services through two segments: Mill Services Group and Raw Material and Optimization Group. The Mill Services Group segment includes scrap management and preparation; semi-finished and finished material handling; metal recovery and slag handling, processing and sales, and surface conditioning. The Raw Material and Optimization Group segment include raw materials procurement and logistics, and software-based raw materials cost optimization. The Company is a holding company controlled by Onex, and it operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including its primary operating company Tube City IMS, LLC. It operates at 74 customer sites in nine countries across North America, Europe and Latin America, and its global raw materials procurement network spans five continents.

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