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

Risk & Volatility

Primoris Services Corporation has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Primoris Services Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Primoris Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Primoris Services Corporation pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 133.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.7% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 24.0% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by company 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 Primoris Services Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Primoris Services Corporation 2.09% 11.30% 4.90%
Primoris Services Corporation Competitors 2.02% -27.70% 2.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Primoris Services Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Primoris Services Corporation $2.30 billion $162.46 million 29.56
Primoris Services Corporation Competitors $3.12 billion $137.70 million 18.84

Primoris Services Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Primoris Services Corporation. Primoris Services 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Primoris Services Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Primoris Services Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38
Primoris Services Corporation Competitors 157 903 1557 17 2.54

Primoris Services Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.76%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 22.27%. Given Primoris Services Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Primoris Services Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Primoris Services Corporation beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Primoris Services Corporation

Primoris Services Corporation is a holding company. The Company holds various subsidiaries, through which it operates as a specialty contractor and infrastructure company. The Company provides a range of construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, water and wastewater, and engineering services to public utilities, petrochemical companies, energy companies, municipalities, state departments of transportation and other customers. It operates in three segments: the West Construction Services segment (West segment), the East Construction Services segment (East segment) and the Energy segment. The Company installs, replaces, repairs and rehabilitates natural gas, refined product, water and wastewater pipeline systems; large diameter gas and liquid pipeline facilities, and heavy civil projects, earthwork and site development.

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