Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is one of 48 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Fluor Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Fluor Corporation has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fluor Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.27, meaning that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.5% of Fluor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Fluor Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Fluor Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Fluor Corporation pays out 106.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 125.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Fluor Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Fluor Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluor Corporation 0.58% 13.80% 4.92%
Fluor Corporation Competitors 3.14% 10.48% 3.43%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Fluor Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluor Corporation 0 9 3 0 2.25
Fluor Corporation Competitors 195 993 1568 21 2.51

Fluor Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $48.55, indicating a potential upside of 18.61%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 23.21%. Given Fluor Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Fluor Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fluor Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluor Corporation $19.31 billion $562.31 million 51.81
Fluor Corporation Competitors $3.12 billion $144.11 million 18.92

Fluor Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Fluor Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Fluor Corporation beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Fluor Corporation

Fluor Corporation (Fluor) is a holding company. The Company operates its business in four segments: Energy, Chemicals & Mining; Industrial, Infrastructure & Power; Government, and Maintenance, Modification & Asset Integrity (MMAI). The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers professional services providing engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, as well as project management services on a global basis. The Company is an integrated solutions provider for various industries, including oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, mining and metals, transportation, power, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. It is also a service provider to the United States federal Government and governments abroad. It offers services in various categories, including engineering and design, procurement, construction, fabrication, maintenance, modification and asset integrity and project management.

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