Willdan Group (WLDN) Hits New 1-Year High at $40.32

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Shares of Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WLDN) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $40.32 and last traded at $39.60, with a volume of 2876 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $39.00.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Willdan Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 14th. BidaskClub lowered Willdan Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 12th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Willdan Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $41.33.

The company has a quick ratio of 1.49, a current ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44. The company has a market capitalization of $432.49 million, a PE ratio of 25.78 and a beta of 1.12.

Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, March 7th. The construction company reported $0.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.46 by ($0.01). Willdan Group had a return on equity of 15.64% and a net margin of 3.68%. The firm had revenue of $86.44 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.80 million. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Willdan Group, Inc. will post 1.59 earnings per share for the current year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in Willdan Group by 26.7% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 687,836 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $24,060,000 after purchasing an additional 145,102 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in Willdan Group by 0.9% during the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 467,741 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $16,361,000 after purchasing an additional 4,094 shares during the period. Eagle Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in Willdan Group by 8.5% during the 4th quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. now owns 449,137 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $15,710,000 after purchasing an additional 35,043 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc increased its holdings in Willdan Group by 5.8% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 402,378 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $13,665,000 after purchasing an additional 22,218 shares during the period. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in Willdan Group by 5.8% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 402,378 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $13,665,000 after purchasing an additional 22,218 shares during the period. 73.13% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Willdan Group Company Profile (NASDAQ:WLDN)

Willdan Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and consulting services primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Energy, and Engineering and Consulting. The Energy segment offers comprehensive survey, program design, master planning, benchmarking analysis, design engineering, construction management, performance contracting, installation, alternative financing, and measurement and verification services.

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