Analyzing Exponent (EXPO) and Lifelock (LOCK)

Lifelock (NYSE: LOCK) and Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.8% of Lifelock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of Exponent shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Lifelock shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Exponent shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lifelock and Exponent, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lifelock 1 5 1 0 2.00
Exponent 0 1 1 0 2.50

Lifelock currently has a consensus price target of $21.14, suggesting a potential downside of 11.87%. Exponent has a consensus price target of $64.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.50%. Given Exponent’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Exponent is more favorable than Lifelock.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lifelock and Exponent’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lifelock N/A N/A N/A $0.17 141.12
Exponent $300.71 million 5.16 $66.40 million $1.75 34.29

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

Profitability

This table compares Lifelock and Exponent’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lifelock 8.46% 24.53% 10.96%
Exponent 19.70% 23.83% 16.58%

Volatility and Risk

Lifelock has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exponent has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Exponent pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Lifelock does not pay a dividend. Exponent pays out 41.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Exponent beats Lifelock on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lifelock

LifeLock, Inc. provides proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for enterprises. The Company monitors certain identity-related events, such as new account openings and credit-related applications. It operates in two segments: consumer segment and an enterprise segment. The Company’s LifeLock ecosystem combines data repositories of personally identifiable information and consumer transactions, predictive analytics and a technology platform. It applies predictive analytics to the data in its repositories to provide its members and enterprise customers’ actionable intelligence that helps protect against identity theft and identity fraud. It offers its consumer services on a monthly or annual subscription basis. It provides consumer risk management services, including delivering its on-demand identity risk, identity-authentication and credit information about consumers to its enterprise customers in the daily transaction flows.

About Exponent

Exponent, Inc. (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health. Its Engineering and Other Scientific segment includes biomechanics, biomedical engineering, buildings and structures, civil engineering, construction consulting, materials and corrosion engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science and materials chemistry, statistical and data sciences, thermal sciences and vehicle analysis services. Its Environmental and Health segment includes chemical regulation and food safety; ecological and biological sciences; environmental and earth sciences, and health sciences. Exponent serves clients in automotive, government, health, insurance, manufacturing and technology, among others.

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