AECOM (NYSE: ACM) and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for AECOM and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AECOM 0 5 3 0 2.38
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. 2 6 6 0 2.29

AECOM currently has a consensus target price of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.42%. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. has a consensus target price of $24.79, indicating a potential upside of 121.50%. Given Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. is more favorable than AECOM.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AECOM and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AECOM $17.67 billion 0.28 $790.46 million $1.64 19.40
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. $9.49 billion 0.12 $9.27 million ($9.43) -1.19

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AECOM, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares AECOM and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. -10.54% -3.92% -0.82%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.6% of AECOM shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.6% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of AECOM shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. AECOM does not pay a dividend. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays out -3.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

AECOM has a beta of 1.75, suggesting that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. has a beta of 2.02, suggesting that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AECOM beats Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

AECOM Company Profile

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Its CS segment is engaged in construction services, including building construction and energy, infrastructure and industrial construction, primarily in the Americas. Its MS segment is engaged in programming and facilitating management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the United States government and other national governments.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. Company Profile

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides services to customers in energy infrastructure market. The Company provides services, such as conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management and environmental services. Its Engineering and Construction segment provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. Its Fabrication Services segment provides fabrication and erection of steel plate structures; fabrication of piping systems and process modules, and manufacturing and distribution of pipe and fittings. The Technology segment provides process technology licenses and associated engineering services, and catalysts, for petrochemical and refining industries, and offers process planning and project development services.

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