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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willdan Group 4.44% 17.31% 8.57%
Engility -1.82% 12.16% 4.10%

Volatility & Risk

Willdan Group has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Engility has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Willdan Group and Engility, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Engility 1 4 4 0 2.33

Willdan Group currently has a consensus target price of $37.67, indicating a potential upside of 25.47%. Engility has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.27%. Given Engility’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Engility is more favorable than Willdan Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Willdan Group and Engility’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willdan Group $273.35 million 0.97 $12.12 million $1.18 25.44
Engility $1.93 billion 0.49 -$35.19 million $2.33 11.12

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.4% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.1% of Engility shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Engility shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Willdan Group beats Engility on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Willdan Group Company Profile

Willdan Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and consulting services to utilities, private industry, and public agencies at various levels of government primarily in the Unites States. It operates through four segments: Energy Efficiency Services, Engineering Services, Public Finance Services, and Homeland Security Services. The Energy Efficiency Services segment offers comprehensive surveys, program design, master planning, benchmarking analysis, design engineering, construction management, performance contracting, installation, alternative financing, and measurement and verification services. The Engineering Services segment provides a range of engineering related services, such as building and safety, city engineering, code enforcement, development plan review and inspection, disaster recovery, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, landscape architecture, planning, program and construction management, contract staff support, structural engineering, surveying and mapping, traffic engineering and planning, transportation, and water resources services. The Public Finance Services segment offers district administration, financial consulting, and federal compliance services. The Homeland Security Services segment provides emergency preparedness planning, training, and exercises; and communications and technology services. The company serves public and governmental agencies, including cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, water districts, school districts, and universities; and state agencies and federal agencies, as well as various other special districts and agencies, private utilities and industry, and tribal governments. Willdan Group, Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Anaheim, California.

Engility Company Profile

Engility Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of technical services to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and space-related and intelligence community agencies. It offers systems engineering and integration services, including engineering and technology lifecycle support, information assurance, modeling and simulation, and architecture analysis and modernization; and cybersecurity services, such as vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, independent test and evaluation, cybersecurity systems engineering, cyber quick reaction range capability, and cyber hunting. The company also provides high performance computing services comprising architecture and infrastructure design, data management and analytics, and integration and testing, as well as systems operation, optimization, and sustainment; and enterprise modernization services, which include architecture analysis and modernization, information technology services and solutions, and software development and integration. In addition, it offers mission and operations support solutions in the areas of artificial intelligence, space launch and space flight, law enforcement, intelligence analysis, air traffic management, engineering and fabrication, and communication data exchange; and readiness and training solutions, including training development, learning, and knowledge management. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Chantilly, Virginia. Engility Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Birch Partners, LP.

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