Willdan Group (NASDAQ: WLDN) and UniFirst (NYSE:UNF) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
64.9% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.0% of UniFirst shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of UniFirst shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
UniFirst pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. Willdan Group does not pay a dividend. UniFirst pays out 4.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Willdan Group and UniFirst, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Willdan Group currently has a consensus target price of $37.67, indicating a potential upside of 44.04%. UniFirst has a consensus target price of $171.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.28%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than UniFirst.
This table compares Willdan Group and UniFirst’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Willdan Group and UniFirst’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Willdan Group||$273.35 million||0.85||$12.13 million||$1.47||17.79|
|UniFirst||$1.59 billion||2.03||$70.19 million||$3.74||42.62|
UniFirst has higher revenue and earnings than Willdan Group. Willdan Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than UniFirst, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Willdan Group has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UniFirst has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.
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.
UniFirst Corporation is a provider of workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in the United States. The Company designs, manufactures, personalizes, rents, cleans, delivers, and sells a range of uniforms and protective clothing, including shirts, pants, jackets, coveralls, lab coats, smocks, aprons and specialized protective wear, such as flame resistant and high visibility garments. It operates in six segments: the US Rental and Cleaning, Canadian Rental and Cleaning, Manufacturing (MFG), Specialty Garments Rental and Cleaning (Specialty Garments), First Aid and Corporate. The Company also rents and sells industrial wiping products, floor mats, facility service products and other non-garment items, and provides restroom and cleaning supplies and first aid cabinet services, and other safety supplies. It also decontaminates and cleans work clothes, which has been exposed to radioactive materials and service special cleanroom protective wear and facilities.
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