Pike Corp (NYSE: PIKE) and KBR (NYSE:KBR) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

KBR pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Pike Corp does not pay a dividend. KBR pays out -128.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.7% of KBR shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of KBR shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Pike Corp and KBR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A
KBR -0.81% 8.74% 1.89%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Pike Corp and KBR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pike Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
KBR 1 2 7 0 2.60

KBR has a consensus price target of $18.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.87%. Given KBR’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KBR is more favorable than Pike Corp.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pike Corp and KBR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
KBR $4.46 billion 0.56 $9.00 million ($0.25) -71.20

KBR has higher revenue and earnings than Pike Corp.

Summary

KBR beats Pike Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pike Corp

Pike Corporation is a provider of construction and engineering services for investor-owned, municipal and co-operative electric utilities in the United States. The Company’s suite of energy and communication solutions includes facilities planning and siting, permitting, engineering, design, installation, maintenance and repair of power delivery systems, including utility-grade solar construction projects and storm-related services. The Company operates in two segments: construction and engineering. On January 1, 2014, Synergetic Design Holdings, Inc. merged with and into Pike Enterprises, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and UC Synergetic, Inc. (UCS) merged with and into Pike Energy Solutions, LLC (PES), the surviving entity of which was named UC Synergetic, LLC.

About KBR

KBR, Inc. is a provider of professional services and technologies across the asset and program life-cycle within the government services and hydrocarbons industries. The Company operates through business segments, including Technology & Consulting (T&C), Engineering & Construction (E&C), Government Services (GS), Non-strategic Business and Other. The T&C business segment combines KBR technologies, knowledge-based services and its three specialty consulting brands, Granherne, Energo and GVA, under a single customer-facing global business. The E&C business segment provides project and program delivery solution across the globe. The GS business segment provides life-cycle support solutions to defense, space, aviation and other programs and missions for government agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Its solutions include engineering services, mission and logistics support solutions, consulting, procurement, construction management and other support services.

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