Comparing Aegion (AEGN) & Tutor Perini (TPC)

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

Profitability

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

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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegion $1.22 billion 0.68 $29.48 million ($1.21) -21.07
Tutor Perini $4.97 billion 0.26 $95.82 million $1.93 13.32

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.0% of Aegion shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.8% of Tutor Perini shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Aegion shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 24.5% of Tutor Perini shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Aegion and Tutor Perini, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegion 0 5 1 0 2.17
Tutor Perini 0 2 5 0 2.71

Aegion currently has a consensus target price of $26.33, indicating a potential upside of 3.31%. Tutor Perini has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 32.30%. Given Tutor Perini’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Tutor Perini is more favorable than Aegion.

Volatility and Risk

Aegion has a beta of 1.77, suggesting that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tutor Perini has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Tutor Perini beats Aegion on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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