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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.0% of Argan shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of Argan shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Pike Corp and Argan, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Argan has a consensus price target of $71.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.27%. Given Argan’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Argan is more favorable than Pike Corp.

Profitability

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

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

Dividends

Argan pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Pike Corp does not pay a dividend. Argan pays out 18.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pike Corp and Argan’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Argan $872.50 million 1.22 $131.21 million $5.48 12.55

Argan has higher revenue and earnings than Pike Corp.

Summary

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

Pike Corp Company Profile

Pike Corporation is a provider of construction and engineering services for investor-owned, municipal and co-operative electric utilities in the United States. The Company’s suite of energy and communication solutions includes facilities planning and siting, permitting, engineering, design, installation, maintenance and repair of power delivery systems, including utility-grade solar construction projects and storm-related services. The Company operates in two segments: construction and engineering. On January 1, 2014, Synergetic Design Holdings, Inc. merged with and into Pike Enterprises, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and UC Synergetic, Inc. (UCS) merged with and into Pike Energy Solutions, LLC (PES), the surviving entity of which was named UC Synergetic, LLC.

Argan Company Profile

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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