Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ: LIOX) and Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lionbridge Technologies 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
Lionbridge Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.16 35.94
Willdan Group $208.94 million 0.83 $8.29 million $1.15 17.25

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lionbridge Technologies 1.97% 12.05% 3.60%
Willdan Group 3.90% 18.10% 8.73%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Lionbridge Technologies and Willdan Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lionbridge Technologies 0 1 0 0 2.00
Willdan Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Lionbridge Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $5.75, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Willdan Group has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential upside of 89.85%. Given Willdan Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Willdan Group is more favorable than Lionbridge Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.3% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.3% of Willdan Group shares are held by institutional investors. 11.4% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Willdan Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Willdan Group beats Lionbridge Technologies on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lionbridge Technologies Company Profile

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides translation, online marketing, global content management and application testing solutions. The Company enables more than 800 brands to manage international market share and engage their customers in local markets across the world. It offers various solutions, such as Language Translation Services, Global Marketing Services, Website Translation and Localization, Engineering, Technical Publications and Training, Testing Services and Translation Technology. Its portfolio of language translation services includes Website Translation, Software Localization, Real-Time Translation for Chat and Forums, and Interpreter Services. Its Data Management Services allow companies to manage unprocessed data from multiple languages. Its Crowd translation of user-generated content (blogs, messages, surveys, reviews) allows clients to repurpose pieces of consumer advocacy for a new target language.

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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