Willdan Group (WLDN) vs. United Rentals (URI) Financial Survey

Willdan Group (NASDAQ: WLDN) and United Rentals (NYSE:URI) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Willdan Group and United Rentals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
United Rentals 1 6 10 0 2.53

Willdan Group presently has a consensus price target of $37.67, indicating a potential upside of 53.62%. United Rentals has a consensus price target of $145.67, indicating a potential downside of 4.96%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than United Rentals.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willdan Group $208.94 million 1.03 $8.29 million $1.16 21.14
United Rentals $5.76 billion 2.25 $566.00 million $7.05 21.74

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.4% of Willdan Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.3% of United Rentals shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of United Rentals shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Willdan Group and United Rentals’ 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%
United Rentals 9.64% 44.81% 6.66%

Risk and Volatility

Willdan Group has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Rentals has a beta of 2.65, indicating that its share price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

United Rentals beats Willdan Group on 9 of the 14 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.

United Rentals Company Profile

United Rentals, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is an equipment rental company, which operates throughout the United States and Canada. It operates through two segments: general rentals, and trench, power and pump. The general rentals segment includes the rental of construction, aerial, industrial and homeowner equipment and related services and activities. The trench, power and pump segment includes the rental of specialty construction products and related services. Its general rentals segment includes the rental of general construction and industrial equipment, such as backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts, and general tools and light equipment, such as pressure washers, water pumps and power tools. As of January 1, 2017, it operated 887 rental locations. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, United Rentals (North America), Inc. (URNA) and subsidiaries of URNA.

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