Head to Head Survey: Aegion Corp (AEGN) vs. AECOM (ACM)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Aegion Corp and AECOM, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegion Corp 0 5 2 0 2.29
AECOM 0 5 4 0 2.44

Aegion Corp presently has a consensus price target of $25.17, indicating a potential upside of 12.05%. AECOM has a consensus price target of $38.89, indicating a potential upside of 8.11%. Given Aegion Corp’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Aegion Corp is more favorable than AECOM.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aegion Corp and AECOM’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegion Corp $1.31 billion 0.54 $127.37 million $1.36 16.51
AECOM $17.67 billion 0.32 $790.46 million $1.64 21.93

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than Aegion Corp. Aegion Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AECOM, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Aegion Corp has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AECOM has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.9% of Aegion Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.1% of AECOM shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Aegion Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of AECOM 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.

Profitability

This table compares Aegion Corp and AECOM’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%
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%

Summary

Aegion Corp beats AECOM on 7 of the 13 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.

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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