Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Tutor Perini Corporation has a beta of 2.45, suggesting that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. has a beta of 2.08, suggesting that its share price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Tutor Perini Corporation does not pay a dividend. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays out -3.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Tutor Perini Corporation and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tutor Perini Corporation 0 2 6 0 2.75
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. 2 7 5 0 2.21

Tutor Perini Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.86%. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. has a consensus price target of $22.29, indicating a potential upside of 59.18%. Given Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. is more favorable than Tutor Perini Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Tutor Perini Corporation and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tutor Perini Corporation 2.08% 6.60% 2.51%
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. -10.54% -3.92% -0.82%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.1% of Tutor Perini Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.8% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Tutor Perini Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tutor Perini Corporation and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tutor Perini Corporation $4.94 billion 0.26 $252.14 million $2.03 12.64
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. $9.49 billion 0.15 $9.27 million ($9.43) -1.48

Tutor Perini Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. 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.

Summary

Tutor Perini Corporation beats Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tutor Perini Corporation

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.

About Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides services to customers in energy infrastructure market. The Company provides services, such as conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management and environmental services. Its Engineering and Construction segment provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. Its Fabrication Services segment provides fabrication and erection of steel plate structures; fabrication of piping systems and process modules, and manufacturing and distribution of pipe and fittings. The Technology segment provides process technology licenses and associated engineering services, and catalysts, for petrochemical and refining industries, and offers process planning and project development services.

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