Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and Empresas ICA SAB de CV (NYSE:ICA) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Fluor Corporation has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresas ICA SAB de CV has a beta of 1.58, meaning that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.3% of Fluor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Fluor Corporation shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Fluor Corporation and Empresas ICA SAB de CV, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluor Corporation 1 5 6 0 2.42
Empresas ICA SAB de CV 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fluor Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $54.70, indicating a potential upside of 16.86%. Given Fluor Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Fluor Corporation is more favorable than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fluor Corporation and Empresas ICA SAB de CV’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluor Corporation $19.45 billion 0.34 $784.81 million $1.68 27.86
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A ($5.75) -0.10

Fluor Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Empresas ICA SAB de CV. Empresas ICA SAB de CV is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fluor Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Fluor Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Empresas ICA SAB de CV does not pay a dividend. Fluor Corporation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Fluor Corporation and Empresas ICA SAB de CV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluor Corporation 1.22% 13.89% 4.94%
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Fluor Corporation beats Empresas ICA SAB de CV on 10 of the 12 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 Empresas ICA SAB de CV

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company that conducts all of its operations through subsidiaries that perform civil and industrial construction and engineering; engage in real estate and home development, and operate infrastructure facilities, including airports, toll roads and water treatment systems. The Company operates in five segments: Civil Construction, Industrial Construction, Concessions, Airports, and Corporate and Other. It is an engineering, procurement and construction company, and a provider of construction services to both public and private‚ąísector clients in Mexico and abroad. It is engaged in a range of construction and related activities, involving the development and construction of infrastructure facilities, as well as industrial and urban construction. It is engaged in the construction, maintenance and operation of airports, highways, social infrastructure and tunnels, and in the management and operation of water supply systems.

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