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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Aegion Corp and Pike Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegion Corp 0 5 2 0 2.29
Pike Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Aegion Corp currently has a consensus price target of $23.17, indicating a potential downside of 0.49%. Given Aegion Corp’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aegion Corp is more favorable than Pike Corp.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.8% of Aegion Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Aegion Corp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegion Corp 3.57% 7.52% 3.65%
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aegion Corp and Pike Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegion Corp $1.31 billion 0.56 $127.37 million $1.36 17.12
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Aegion Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Pike Corp.

Summary

Aegion Corp beats Pike Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aegion Corp Company Profile

Aegion Corporation (Aegion) is engaged in providing infrastructure protection and maintenance. The Company operates through three segments: Infrastructure Solutions, Corrosion Protection and Energy Services. The Company offers service solutions, including rehabilitation of water and wastewater pipelines with Insituform cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) products; fusible polyvinyl chloride products for rehabilitation; fiber reinforced polymer systems for rehabilitation and strengthening; cathodic protection for corrosion engineering control and infrastructure rehabilitation; pipe coatings for corrosion control and prevention; high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe lining for corrosion control, abrasion protection and pipeline rehabilitation, and construction and maintenance of oil and gas facilities. The Company’s Insituform CIPP Process for the rehabilitation of sewers, pipelines and other conduits utilizes a custom-manufactured tube, or liner, made of synthetic fiber.

Pike Corp Company Profile

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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