Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) and Orion Group Holdings (NYSE:ORN) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Tutor Perini Corporation and Orion Group Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tutor Perini Corporation 1.88% 6.15% 2.29%
Orion Group Holdings -0.72% 2.03% 1.03%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tutor Perini Corporation and Orion Group Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tutor Perini Corporation $5.01 billion 0.28 $274.30 million $1.87 15.13
Orion Group Holdings $587.37 million 0.35 $34.47 million ($0.16) -46.18

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.7% of Tutor Perini Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of Orion Group Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Tutor Perini Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Orion Group Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Tutor Perini Corporation and Orion Group Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tutor Perini Corporation 0 1 6 0 2.86
Orion Group Holdings 0 3 1 0 2.25

Tutor Perini Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.54%. Orion Group Holdings has a consensus price target of $8.88, suggesting a potential upside of 20.09%. Given Orion Group Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Orion Group Holdings is more favorable than Tutor Perini Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

Tutor Perini Corporation has a beta of 2.44, indicating that its share price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Group Holdings has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Tutor Perini Corporation beats Orion Group Holdings on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tutor Perini Corporation Company Profile

Tutor Perini Corporation is a construction company offering general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private customers and public agencies across the world. The Company operates through three segments: Civil, Building and Specialty Contractors. Its Civil segment specializes in public works construction and the repair, replacement and reconstruction of infrastructure across various geographic regions of the United States. Its Building segment provides services to various specialized building markets for private and public works customers, including the hospitality and gaming, transportation, healthcare, corporate and municipal offices, sports and entertainment, education, correctional facilities, biotech, pharmaceutical and industrial markets. Its Specialty Contractors segment specializes in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection systems, and pneumatically placed concrete.

Orion Group Holdings Company Profile

Orion Group Holdings, Inc., formerly Orion Marine Group, Inc., is engaged in heavy civil construction project management business. The Company specializes in marine construction. It provides a range of heavy civil marine construction services to federal agencies, state and municipal governments, and private commercial and industrial customers. Its heavy civil marine construction and project management services include new construction, dredging, repair and maintenance, and other related specialty services. It provides heavy civil marine construction services on, over and under the water in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean Basin. It provides heavy civil marine construction services through projects that are obtained primarily through a competitive bid or contract process. It also provides tilt-wall construction services, parking structures, concrete slabs for commercial and institutional applications, curbs, gutters and paving, among other capabilities.

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