Contrasting Willdan Group (WLDN) and Checkpoint Systems (CKP)

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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willdan Group $208.94 million 1.04 $8.29 million $1.16 21.37
Checkpoint Systems N/A N/A N/A ($1.32) -7.68

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

Profitability

This table compares Willdan Group and Checkpoint Systems’ 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%
Checkpoint Systems -27.26% -50.16% -20.24%

Insider & Institutional 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Willdan Group and Checkpoint Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Checkpoint Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Willdan Group presently has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 51.94%. Given Willdan Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Checkpoint Systems.

Risk and Volatility

Willdan Group has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Checkpoint Systems has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Willdan Group beats Checkpoint Systems on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Checkpoint Systems Company Profile

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. is a United States-based supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry. The Company provides end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft. It offers merchandise availability solutions, such as shrink management, including antennas, labels and tags, source tagging, deactivation, remote service and support, and Alpha High Theft Solutions, and merchandise visibility solutions, including inventory management, asset tracking and OneTag Program. OneTag Program allows retailers to obtain the benefits of inventory visibility and loss prevention with a single radio frequency identification tag. It offers apparel labelling solutions, such as Trim, including woven labels, printed fabric labels and specialty trim services, and brand merchandising, including printed items and self-adhesive. It serves markets, such as electronics and grocery.

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