Higher One (NYSE: ONE) and Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.
Volatility & Risk
Higher One has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willdan Group has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Higher One and Willdan Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Higher One and Willdan Group’s top-line 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||0.85||$8.29 million||$1.33||19.96|
Willdan Group has higher revenue and earnings than Higher One. Higher One is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Willdan Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
64.2% of Willdan Group shares are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Higher One and Willdan Group, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Willdan Group has a consensus target price of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 41.92%. Given Willdan Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Higher One.
Willdan Group beats Higher One on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Higher One Company Profile
Higher One Holdings, Inc. is a provider of technology-based payment processing and refund disbursement services to higher education institutions and their students. The Company also provides campus communities with student-oriented banking services, which include user-friendly features, through its bank partners. The Company operates through two segments: Disbursements and Payments. The Disbursements segment includes its Refund Management disbursement service, which is offered to higher education institution clients, and the OneAccount, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured online checking account that is offered to students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni. The Payments segment includes its CASHNet payment processing suite and its Campus Solutions suite, both of which enable higher education institutions to accept online payments, automate certain billing and processing functions, and offer tuition payment plans.
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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