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

Profitability

This table compares AECOM and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%
AECOM Competitors 1.90% -27.90% 2.21%

Volatility and Risk

AECOM has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AECOM’s rivals have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AECOM and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AECOM $17.67 billion $790.46 million 21.82
AECOM Competitors $3.12 billion $137.70 million 19.21

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AECOM and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AECOM 0 5 4 0 2.44
AECOM Competitors 157 896 1554 17 2.55

AECOM presently has a consensus price target of $38.89, indicating a potential upside of 8.66%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 20.43%. Given AECOM’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AECOM has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.1% of AECOM shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of AECOM shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

AECOM rivals beat AECOM on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

AECOM Company Profile

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Its CS segment is engaged in construction services, including building construction and energy, infrastructure and industrial construction, primarily in the Americas. Its MS segment is engaged in programming and facilitating management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the United States government and other national governments.

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