Tutor Perini (NYSE: TPC) and Aegion (NASDAQ:AEGN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tutor Perini and Aegion’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tutor Perini $4.97 billion 0.28 $95.82 million $1.93 14.38
Aegion $1.22 billion 0.72 $29.48 million ($1.21) -22.50

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.8% of Tutor Perini shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.0% of Aegion shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Tutor Perini shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Aegion shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Tutor Perini and Aegion, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tutor Perini 0 2 6 0 2.75
Aegion 0 4 2 0 2.33

Tutor Perini presently has a consensus target price of $34.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.52%. Aegion has a consensus target price of $25.50, suggesting a potential downside of 6.32%. Given Tutor Perini’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Tutor Perini is more favorable than Aegion.

Profitability

This table compares Tutor Perini and Aegion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tutor Perini 2.03% 6.16% 2.37%
Aegion -3.03% 7.62% 3.68%

Risk & Volatility

Tutor Perini has a beta of 2.36, suggesting that its stock price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegion has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Tutor Perini beats Aegion on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tutor Perini

Tutor Perini Corporation is a construction company offering general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private customers and public agencies across the world. The Company operates through three segments: Civil, Building and Specialty Contractors. Its Civil segment specializes in public works construction and the repair, replacement and reconstruction of infrastructure across various geographic regions of the United States. Its Building segment provides services to various specialized building markets for private and public works customers, including the hospitality and gaming, transportation, healthcare, corporate and municipal offices, sports and entertainment, education, correctional facilities, biotech, pharmaceutical and industrial markets. Its Specialty Contractors segment specializes in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection systems, and pneumatically placed concrete.

About Aegion

Aegion Corporation (Aegion) is engaged in providing infrastructure protection and maintenance. The Company operates through three segments: Infrastructure Solutions, Corrosion Protection and Energy Services. The Company offers service solutions, including rehabilitation of water and wastewater pipelines with Insituform cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) products; fusible polyvinyl chloride products for rehabilitation; fiber reinforced polymer systems for rehabilitation and strengthening; cathodic protection for corrosion engineering control and infrastructure rehabilitation; pipe coatings for corrosion control and prevention; high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe lining for corrosion control, abrasion protection and pipeline rehabilitation, and construction and maintenance of oil and gas facilities. The Company’s Insituform CIPP Process for the rehabilitation of sewers, pipelines and other conduits utilizes a custom-manufactured tube, or liner, made of synthetic fiber.

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