Foster Wheeler (NASDAQ: FWLT) and KBR (NYSE:KBR) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

KBR pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Foster Wheeler does not pay a dividend. KBR pays out 62.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Foster Wheeler and KBR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Foster Wheeler N/A N/A N/A $0.90 N/A
KBR $4.27 billion 0.61 -$61.00 million $0.51 36.61

Foster Wheeler has higher earnings, but lower revenue than KBR. Foster Wheeler is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than KBR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.7% of KBR shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of KBR shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Foster Wheeler and KBR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Foster Wheeler N/A N/A N/A
KBR 1.63% 10.22% 2.14%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Foster Wheeler and KBR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Foster Wheeler 0 0 0 0 N/A
KBR 0 2 5 0 2.71

KBR has a consensus target price of $20.83, indicating a potential upside of 11.59%.

Summary

KBR beats Foster Wheeler on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Foster Wheeler

Foster Wheeler AG (Foster Wheeler) is a supplier of engineering, construction and project management contractor and power equipment. It operates through two business groups: Global Engineering and Construction Group (Global E&C Group), and Global Power Group. Its Global E&C Group, which operates worldwide, designs, engineers and constructs onshore and offshore upstream oil and gas processing facilities, natural gas liquefaction facilities and receiving terminals, gas-to-liquids facilities, oil refining, chemical and petrochemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities and related infrastructure. Its Global Power Group designs, manufactures and erects steam generators and auxiliary equipment for electric power generating stations, district heating and power plants and industrial facilities worldwide.In May 2014, the Company announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group acquired Siemens Environmental Systems and Services business.

About KBR

KBR, Inc. is a provider of professional services and technologies across the asset and program life-cycle within the government services and hydrocarbons industries. The Company operates through business segments, including Technology & Consulting (T&C), Engineering & Construction (E&C), Government Services (GS), Non-strategic Business and Other. The T&C business segment combines KBR technologies, knowledge-based services and its three specialty consulting brands, Granherne, Energo and GVA, under a single customer-facing global business. The E&C business segment provides project and program delivery solution across the globe. The GS business segment provides life-cycle support solutions to defense, space, aviation and other programs and missions for government agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Its solutions include engineering services, mission and logistics support solutions, consulting, procurement, construction management and other support services.

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