KBR (NYSE: KBR) and IES (NASDAQ:IESC) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares KBR and IES’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|KBR||$4.17 billion||0.57||$434.00 million||$3.06||5.49|
|IES||$810.70 million||0.43||$13.42 million||$0.53||31.13|
KBR pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. IES does not pay a dividend. KBR pays out 10.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility & Risk
KBR has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IES has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
100.0% of KBR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.4% of IES shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of KBR shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 61.7% of IES shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares KBR and IES’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for KBR and IES, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
KBR currently has a consensus target price of $19.08, suggesting a potential upside of 13.52%. Given KBR’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KBR is more favorable than IES.
KBR beats IES on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
KBR, Inc. is a provider of professional services and technologies across the asset and program life-cycle within the government services and hydrocarbons industries. The Company operates through business segments, including Technology & Consulting (T&C), Engineering & Construction (E&C), Government Services (GS), Non-strategic Business and Other. The T&C business segment combines KBR technologies, knowledge-based services and its three specialty consulting brands, Granherne, Energo and GVA, under a single customer-facing global business. The E&C business segment provides project and program delivery solution across the globe. The GS business segment provides life-cycle support solutions to defense, space, aviation and other programs and missions for government agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Its solutions include engineering services, mission and logistics support solutions, consulting, procurement, construction management and other support services.
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.
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