Aegion Corp (NASDAQ: AEGN) and Empresas ICA SAB de CV (NYSE:ICA) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aegion Corp and Empresas ICA SAB de CV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegion Corp 0 3 3 0 2.50
Empresas ICA SAB de CV 0 0 0 0 N/A

Aegion Corp currently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.48%. Given Aegion Corp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aegion Corp is more favorable than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aegion Corp and Empresas ICA SAB de CV’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegion Corp $1.25 billion 0.53 $120.10 million $1.13 18.21
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A ($5.75) -0.10

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegion Corp 3.12% 7.07% 3.34%
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.0% of Aegion Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Aegion Corp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Aegion Corp has a beta of 1.71, meaning that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresas ICA SAB de CV has a beta of 1.58, meaning that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aegion Corp beats Empresas ICA SAB de CV on 10 of the 10 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.

Empresas ICA SAB de CV Company Profile

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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