Contrasting KBR (NYSE:KBR) and The Competition

KBR (NYSE: KBR) is one of 48 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare KBR to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KBR and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
KBR $4.46 billion $9.00 million -73.16
KBR Competitors $3.12 billion $137.70 million 19.21

KBR has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. KBR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.7% of KBR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of KBR shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for KBR and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KBR 0 1 6 0 2.86
KBR Competitors 157 897 1555 17 2.55

KBR currently has a consensus price target of $19.80, suggesting a potential upside of 8.26%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 20.41%. Given KBR’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KBR has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

KBR pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. KBR pays out -128.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 125.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. KBR is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

KBR has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KBR’s peers have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares KBR and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KBR -0.81% 8.74% 1.89%
KBR Competitors 1.87% -28.41% 2.02%

Summary

KBR beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About KBR

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.

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