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

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MasTec 0 1 8 0 2.89
Pike Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

MasTec presently has a consensus target price of $55.19, suggesting a potential upside of 28.79%. Given MasTec’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MasTec is more favorable than Pike Corp.

Volatility and Risk

MasTec has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pike Corp has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MasTec 3.78% 21.30% 7.33%
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.5% of MasTec shares are held by institutional investors. 20.3% of MasTec shares are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MasTec and Pike Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MasTec $5.13 billion 0.69 $131.26 million $2.92 14.67
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.32 37.53

MasTec has higher revenue and earnings than Pike Corp. MasTec is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pike Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

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

MasTec Company Profile

MasTec, Inc. is an infrastructure construction company. The Company operates primarily across North America through a range of industries. The Company operates through five segments: Communications, Oil and Gas, Electrical Transmission, Power Generation and Industrial, and Other. Its primary activities include the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of communications, energy and utility infrastructure, such as wireless, wireline/fiber, satellite communications and customer fulfillment activities; petroleum and natural gas pipeline infrastructure; electrical utility transmission and distribution; conventional and renewable power generation, and industrial infrastructure. The Company offered its services primarily under the MasTec service mark and had operations across 510 locations as of December 31, 2016. It provides services under master service and other service agreements, which are generally multi-year agreements.

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.

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