Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) and URS Corp (NYSE:URS) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quanta Services and URS Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quanta Services $8.52 billion 0.66 $655.04 million $1.77 21.11
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Quanta Services has higher revenue and earnings than URS Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Quanta Services and URS Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quanta Services 0 2 7 0 2.78
URS Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Quanta Services presently has a consensus price target of $42.14, indicating a potential upside of 12.80%. Given Quanta Services’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Quanta Services is more favorable than URS Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Quanta Services and URS Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quanta Services 3.21% 8.36% 5.11%
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.5% of Quanta Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Quanta Services shares are owned 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.

Summary

Quanta Services beats URS Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quanta Services

Quanta Services, Inc. is a provider of specialty contracting services, offering infrastructure solutions primarily to the electric power and oil and gas industries in the United States, Canada and Australia and selected other international markets. The Company operates through two segments: Electric Power Infrastructure Services, which provides network solutions to customers in the electric power industry, and Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services, which provides network solutions to customers involved in the development and transportation of natural gas, oil and other pipeline products. The services it provides include the design, installation, upgrade, repair and maintenance of infrastructure within each of the industries it serves, such as electric power transmission and distribution networks, substation facilities, renewable energy facilities, pipeline transmission and distribution systems and facilities, and infrastructure services for the offshore and inland water energy markets.

About URS Corp

URS Corporation (URS) is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services. The Company offers a range of program management, planning, design, engineering, construction and construction management, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning and closure services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. It provides its services through four reporting segments: Infrastructure & Environment, Federal Services, Energy & Construction, and Oil & Gas Divisions. URS also is a United States federal government contractor in the areas of systems engineering and technical assistance, operations and maintenance, and information technology (IT) services. It provides services for federal, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, and industrial projects and programs. On May 14, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Flint Energy Services Ltd.

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