Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) and Argan (NYSE:AGX) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tutor Perini Corporation and Argan’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tutor Perini Corporation $4.94 billion 0.27 $252.14 million $2.03 13.08
Argan $775.19 million 1.28 $126.79 million $5.05 12.70

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

Volatility and Risk

Tutor Perini Corporation has a beta of 2.45, meaning that its stock price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argan has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Tutor Perini Corporation and Argan, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tutor Perini Corporation 0 2 6 0 2.75
Argan 0 2 1 0 2.33

Tutor Perini Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.76%. Argan has a consensus target price of $71.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.68%. Given Tutor Perini Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tutor Perini Corporation is more favorable than Argan.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.1% of Tutor Perini Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of Argan shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Tutor Perini Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of Argan shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Tutor Perini Corporation and Argan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tutor Perini Corporation 2.08% 6.60% 2.51%
Argan 10.15% 27.78% 13.15%

Dividends

Argan pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Tutor Perini Corporation does not pay a dividend. Argan pays out 13.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Tutor Perini Corporation beats Argan on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tutor Perini Corporation Company Profile

Tutor Perini Corporation is a construction company offering general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private customers and public agencies across the world. The Company operates through three segments: Civil, Building and Specialty Contractors. Its Civil segment specializes in public works construction and the repair, replacement and reconstruction of infrastructure across various geographic regions of the United States. Its Building segment provides services to various specialized building markets for private and public works customers, including the hospitality and gaming, transportation, healthcare, corporate and municipal offices, sports and entertainment, education, correctional facilities, biotech, pharmaceutical and industrial markets. Its Specialty Contractors segment specializes in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection systems, and pneumatically placed concrete.

Argan Company Profile

Argan, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts operations through its subsidiaries, Gemma Power Systems, LLC and affiliates (GPS), Atlantic Projects Company Limited (APC), Southern Maryland Cable, Inc. (SMC) and The Roberts Company (Roberts). Through GPS and APC, the Company’s power industry services segment provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, development, technical and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. Through SMC, the telecommunications infrastructure services segment of the Company provides project management, construction, installation and maintenance services to commercial, local government and federal government customers. Through Roberts, the Company’s industrial fabrication and field services segment produces, delivers and installs fabricated steel components specializing in pressure vessels and heat exchangers for industrial plants.

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