Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is one of 48 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Aecom to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Aecom and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aecom 2.98% 11.21% 3.97%
Aecom Competitors 2.13% -26.88% 2.40%

Risk and Volatility

Aecom has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aecom’s peers have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aecom and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aecom 0 5 4 0 2.44
Aecom Competitors 197 998 1576 21 2.51

Aecom presently has a consensus target price of $38.89, suggesting a potential upside of 5.73%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 18.99%. Given Aecom’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aecom has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.1% of Aecom shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.6% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Aecom shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aecom and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Aecom $17.67 billion $790.46 million 22.43
Aecom Competitors $3.12 billion $133.98 million 19.33

Aecom has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Aecom is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Aecom beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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