Financial Review: Michael Baker Corp (BKR) & AECOM (ACM)

Michael Baker Corp (NYSE: BKR) and AECOM (NYSE:ACM) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Michael Baker Corp and AECOM, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Michael Baker Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
AECOM 0 5 4 0 2.44

AECOM has a consensus target price of $34.89, suggesting a potential downside of 0.49%. Given AECOM’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AECOM is more favorable than Michael Baker Corp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.2% of AECOM shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of AECOM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Michael Baker Corp and AECOM’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AECOM $17.67 billion 0.31 $790.46 million $1.64 21.38

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than Michael Baker Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Michael Baker Corp and AECOM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%

Summary

AECOM beats Michael Baker Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Michael Baker Corp

Michael Baker Corporation (Baker), through its operating subsidiaries, is engaged in providing engineering services for public and private sector clients worldwide. The Company’s business is principally in the United States of America. The Company’s operates in two segments: Transportation and Federal. The Transportation segment provides services for surface transportation, aviation and rail and transit markets. The Company also partners with construction contractors to pursue selected design-build contracts. In October 2013, the Company and Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC (IMS), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners, LLC, announced the merger of IMS’s wholly owned subsidiary, CDL Acquisition Co. Inc. (Merger Sub), with and into Baker. In connection with the merger, IMS is changing its name to Michael Baker International, LLC (Michael Baker International). As a result of the merger, Baker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Baker International.

About AECOM

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Its CS segment is engaged in construction services, including building construction and energy, infrastructure and industrial construction, primarily in the Americas. Its MS segment is engaged in programming and facilitating management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the United States government and other national governments.

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