Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and Michael Baker Corp (NYSE:BKR) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Fluor Corporation and Michael Baker Corp’s 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%
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Fluor Corporation and Michael Baker Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluor Corporation 0 9 4 0 2.31
Michael Baker Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fluor Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $48.17, indicating a potential upside of 13.12%. Given Fluor Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Fluor Corporation is more favorable than Michael Baker Corp.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fluor Corporation and Michael Baker Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluor Corporation $19.31 billion 0.31 $562.31 million $0.79 53.90
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fluor Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Michael Baker Corp.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.5% of Fluor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Fluor Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers 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 2.0%. Michael Baker Corp does not pay a dividend. 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. Fluor Corporation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Fluor Corporation beats Michael Baker Corp on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Michael Baker Corp

Michael Baker Corporation (Baker), through its operating subsidiaries, is engaged in providing engineering services for public and private sector clients worldwide. The Company’s business is principally in the United States of America. The Company’s operates in two segments: Transportation and Federal. The Transportation segment provides services for surface transportation, aviation and rail and transit markets. The Company also partners with construction contractors to pursue selected design-build contracts. In October 2013, the Company and Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC (IMS), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners, LLC, announced the merger of IMS’s wholly owned subsidiary, CDL Acquisition Co. Inc. (Merger Sub), with and into Baker. In connection with the merger, IMS is changing its name to Michael Baker International, LLC (Michael Baker International). As a result of the merger, Baker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Baker International.

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