Contrasting Fluor Co. (NEW) (FLR) and Foster Wheeler (FWLT)

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

Dividends

Fluor Co. (NEW) pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Foster Wheeler does not pay a dividend. Fluor Co. (NEW) pays out 58.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Fluor Co. (NEW) and Foster Wheeler, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluor Co. (NEW) 0 6 6 0 2.50
Foster Wheeler 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fluor Co. (NEW) currently has a consensus price target of $55.33, indicating a potential downside of 2.72%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fluor Co. (NEW) and Foster Wheeler’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluor Co. (NEW) $19.04 billion 0.42 $281.40 million $1.43 39.78
Foster Wheeler N/A N/A N/A $0.90 N/A

Fluor Co. (NEW) has higher revenue and earnings than Foster Wheeler. Foster Wheeler is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fluor Co. (NEW), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Fluor Co. (NEW) and Foster Wheeler’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluor Co. (NEW) 1.03% 11.69% 4.24%
Foster Wheeler N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.9% of Fluor Co. (NEW) shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Fluor Co. (NEW) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Fluor Co. (NEW) beats Foster Wheeler on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fluor Co. (NEW) Company Profile

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.

Foster Wheeler Company Profile

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.

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