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

Risk and Volatility

Empresas ICA SAB de CV has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argan has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.7% of Argan shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.6% of Argan shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Argan pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Empresas ICA SAB de CV does not pay a dividend. Argan pays out 13.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A
Argan 10.15% 27.78% 13.15%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A ($5.75) -0.10
Argan $775.19 million 1.23 $126.79 million $5.05 12.18

Argan 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 Argan, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Empresas ICA SAB de CV and Argan, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empresas ICA SAB de CV 0 0 0 0 N/A
Argan 0 1 1 0 2.50

Argan has a consensus target price of $71.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.45%. Given Argan’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Argan is more favorable than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.

Summary

Argan beats Empresas ICA SAB de CV on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Argan

Argan, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts operations through its subsidiaries, Gemma Power Systems, LLC and affiliates (GPS), Atlantic Projects Company Limited (APC), Southern Maryland Cable, Inc. (SMC) and The Roberts Company (Roberts). Through GPS and APC, the Company’s power industry services segment provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, development, technical and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. Through SMC, the telecommunications infrastructure services segment of the Company provides project management, construction, installation and maintenance services to commercial, local government and federal government customers. Through Roberts, the Company’s industrial fabrication and field services segment produces, delivers and installs fabricated steel components specializing in pressure vessels and heat exchangers for industrial plants.

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