Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and Pike Corp (NYSE:PIKE) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Fluor Corporation and Pike Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluor Corporation 0 9 2 0 2.18
Pike Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fluor Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $48.40, indicating a potential upside of 19.71%. Given Fluor Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fluor Corporation is more favorable than Pike Corp.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fluor Corporation and Pike Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluor Corporation $19.31 billion 0.29 $562.31 million $0.79 51.18
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fluor Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Pike Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Fluor Corporation and Pike Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluor Corporation 0.58% 13.80% 4.92%
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.5% of Fluor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Fluor Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Fluor Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Pike Corp does not pay a dividend. Fluor Corporation pays out 106.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Fluor Corporation beats Pike Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fluor Corporation

Fluor Corporation (Fluor) is a holding company. The Company operates its business in four segments: Energy, Chemicals & Mining; Industrial, Infrastructure & Power; Government, and Maintenance, Modification & Asset Integrity (MMAI). The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers professional services providing engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, as well as project management services on a global basis. The Company is an integrated solutions provider for various industries, including oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, mining and metals, transportation, power, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. It is also a service provider to the United States federal Government and governments abroad. It offers services in various categories, including engineering and design, procurement, construction, fabrication, maintenance, modification and asset integrity and project management.

About Pike Corp

Pike Corporation is a provider of construction and engineering services for investor-owned, municipal and co-operative electric utilities in the United States. The Company’s suite of energy and communication solutions includes facilities planning and siting, permitting, engineering, design, installation, maintenance and repair of power delivery systems, including utility-grade solar construction projects and storm-related services. The Company operates in two segments: construction and engineering. On January 1, 2014, Synergetic Design Holdings, Inc. merged with and into Pike Enterprises, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and UC Synergetic, Inc. (UCS) merged with and into Pike Energy Solutions, LLC (PES), the surviving entity of which was named UC Synergetic, LLC.

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