Head to Head Contrast: Willdan Group (WLDN) and PRA Group (NASDAQ:PRAA)

PRA Group (NASDAQ: PRAA) and Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PRA Group 2 2 0 0 1.50
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

PRA Group presently has a consensus target price of $40.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.23%. Willdan Group has a consensus target price of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 44.76%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than PRA Group.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PRA Group 7.57% 2.98% 0.90%
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.10% 8.73%

Volatility & Risk

PRA Group has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willdan Group has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.6% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of PRA Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PRA Group and Willdan Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PRA Group $830.58 million 1.82 $85.09 million $1.24 27.06
Willdan Group $208.94 million 1.09 $8.29 million $1.15 22.63

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

About PRA Group

PRA Group, Inc. (PRA Group) is a financial and business services company with operations in the Americas and Europe. The Company’s primary business is the purchase, collection and management of portfolios of nonperforming loans. The Company operates through the account receivables management segment. It also provides fee-based services, such as vehicle location, skip tracing and collateral recovery for auto lenders, government entities and law enforcement; revenue administration, audit and revenue discovery/recovery services for local government entities; class action claims recovery services and purchases; servicing of consumer bankruptcy accounts in the United States, and contingent collections of nonperforming loans in Europe and South America. The Company’s portfolio of nonperforming loans includes a set of accounts that can be categorized by asset type, age and size of account, level of previous collection efforts, payment history, and geography.

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.

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