IES (IESC) vs. Fluor Co. (NEW) (FLR) Critical Analysis

IES (NASDAQ: IESC) and Fluor Co. (NEW) (NYSE:FLR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for IES and Fluor Co. (NEW), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IES 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fluor Co. (NEW) 0 7 6 0 2.46

Fluor Co. (NEW) has a consensus target price of $58.33, suggesting a potential downside of 0.11%. Given Fluor Co. (NEW)’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fluor Co. (NEW) is more favorable than IES.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.4% of IES shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.1% of Fluor Co. (NEW) shares are owned by institutional investors. 61.7% of IES shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Fluor Co. (NEW) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Fluor Co. (NEW) pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. IES does not pay a dividend. Fluor Co. (NEW) pays out 44.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IES $810.70 million 0.44 $13.42 million ($0.96) -17.45
Fluor Co. (NEW) $19.52 billion 0.42 $191.37 million $1.90 30.74

Fluor Co. (NEW) has higher revenue and earnings than IES. IES 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IES -2.46% 5.86% 3.26%
Fluor Co. (NEW) 0.98% 10.95% 4.03%

Volatility and Risk

IES has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fluor Co. (NEW) has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Fluor Co. (NEW) beats IES on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

IES Company Profile

IES Holdings, Inc., formerly Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., is a holding company that owns and manages diverse operating subsidiaries across a range of infrastructure-related end markets. The Company operates through four segments: Communications, Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Infrastructure Solutions. The Communications segment provides network infrastructure services for data centers and other mission critical environments. The Residential segment provides electrical installation services for single-family housing and multi-family apartment complexes and cable television installations for residential and light commercial applications. The Commercial & Industrial segment provides electrical and mechanical design, construction, and maintenance services to the commercial and industrial markets. The Company’s Infrastructure Solutions segment provides electro-mechanical solutions for industrial operations to domestic and international customers.

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.

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