MYR Group (NASDAQ: MYRG) and MasTec (NYSE:MTZ) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares MYR Group and MasTec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MYR Group 1.74% 8.08% 3.94%
MasTec 3.29% 18.02% 6.06%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for MYR Group and MasTec, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MYR Group 0 1 4 0 2.80
MasTec 0 5 7 0 2.58

MYR Group currently has a consensus price target of $35.50, suggesting a potential upside of 14.04%. MasTec has a consensus price target of $42.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.50%. Given MYR Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MYR Group is more favorable than MasTec.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.7% of MYR Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.1% of MasTec shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of MYR Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.3% of MasTec shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MYR Group and MasTec’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MYR Group $1.19 billion 0.43 $73.33 million $1.24 25.10
MasTec $5.32 billion 0.71 $532.44 million $2.15 21.35

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

Volatility and Risk

MYR Group has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MasTec has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

MasTec beats MYR Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MYR Group

MYR Group Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides specialty electrical construction services. The Company performs construction services in two segments: Transmission and Distribution (T&D), and Commercial and Industrial (C&I). The Company provides C&I electrical contracting services to general contractors, commercial and industrial facility owners, local governments and developers in the western and northeastern United States and western Canada. The Company’s T&D segment serves the T&D sector of the electric utility industry. The Company provides a range of services on electric transmission and distribution networks and substation facilities, such as design, engineering, procurement, construction and upgrade. The Company’s C&I segment provides services, such as the design, installation, maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial wiring, installation of traffic networks and the installation of bridge, roadway and tunnel lighting.

About MasTec

MasTec, Inc. is an infrastructure construction company. The Company operates primarily across North America through a range of industries. The Company operates through five segments: Communications, Oil and Gas, Electrical Transmission, Power Generation and Industrial, and Other. Its primary activities include the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of communications, energy and utility infrastructure, such as wireless, wireline/fiber, satellite communications and customer fulfillment activities; petroleum and natural gas pipeline infrastructure; electrical utility transmission and distribution; conventional and renewable power generation, and industrial infrastructure. The Company offered its services primarily under the MasTec service mark and had operations across 510 locations as of December 31, 2016. It provides services under master service and other service agreements, which are generally multi-year agreements.

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