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

Dividends

Argan pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. URS Corp does not pay a dividend. Argan pays out 12.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.5% of Argan shares are held by institutional investors. 7.6% of Argan shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares URS Corp and Argan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A
Argan 9.88% 28.23% 13.19%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares URS Corp and Argan’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Argan $872.50 million 1.17 $131.21 million $5.48 12.03

Argan has higher revenue and earnings than URS Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for URS Corp and Argan, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
URS Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Argan 0 2 1 0 2.33

Argan has a consensus target price of $71.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.66%. Given Argan’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Argan is more favorable than URS Corp.

Summary

Argan beats URS Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About URS Corp

URS Corporation (URS) is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services. The Company offers a range of program management, planning, design, engineering, construction and construction management, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning and closure services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. It provides its services through four reporting segments: Infrastructure & Environment, Federal Services, Energy & Construction, and Oil & Gas Divisions. URS also is a United States federal government contractor in the areas of systems engineering and technical assistance, operations and maintenance, and information technology (IT) services. It provides services for federal, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, and industrial projects and programs. On May 14, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Flint Energy Services Ltd.

About Argan

Argan, Inc. is a holding company. The Company conducts operations through its subsidiaries, Gemma Power Systems, LLC and affiliates (GPS), Atlantic Projects Company Limited (APC), Southern Maryland Cable, Inc. (SMC) and The Roberts Company (Roberts). Through GPS and APC, the Company’s power industry services segment provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, development, technical and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. Through SMC, the telecommunications infrastructure services segment of the Company provides project management, construction, installation and maintenance services to commercial, local government and federal government customers. Through Roberts, the Company’s industrial fabrication and field services segment produces, delivers and installs fabricated steel components specializing in pressure vessels and heat exchangers for industrial plants.

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