Head to Head Review: Primoris Services Corporation (PRIM) and URS Corp (URS)

URS Corp (NYSE: URS) and Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ:PRIM) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares URS Corp and Primoris Services Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A
Primoris Services Corporation 2.09% 11.30% 4.90%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.7% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.0% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares URS Corp and Primoris Services Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Primoris Services Corporation $2.30 billion 0.66 $162.46 million $0.94 31.40

Primoris Services Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than URS Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for URS Corp and Primoris Services Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
URS Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Primoris Services Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38

Primoris Services Corporation has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.15%. Given Primoris Services Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Primoris Services Corporation is more favorable than URS Corp.

Dividends

Primoris Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. URS Corp does not pay a dividend. Primoris Services Corporation pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Primoris Services Corporation beats URS Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

URS Corp Company Profile

URS Corporation (URS) is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services. The Company offers a range of program management, planning, design, engineering, construction and construction management, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning and closure services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. It provides its services through four reporting segments: Infrastructure & Environment, Federal Services, Energy & Construction, and Oil & Gas Divisions. URS also is a United States federal government contractor in the areas of systems engineering and technical assistance, operations and maintenance, and information technology (IT) services. It provides services for federal, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, and industrial projects and programs. On May 14, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Flint Energy Services Ltd.

Primoris Services Corporation Company Profile

Primoris Services Corporation is a holding company. The Company holds various subsidiaries, through which it operates as a specialty contractor and infrastructure company. The Company provides a range of construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, water and wastewater, and engineering services to public utilities, petrochemical companies, energy companies, municipalities, state departments of transportation and other customers. It operates in three segments: the West Construction Services segment (West segment), the East Construction Services segment (East segment) and the Energy segment. The Company installs, replaces, repairs and rehabilitates natural gas, refined product, water and wastewater pipeline systems; large diameter gas and liquid pipeline facilities, and heavy civil projects, earthwork and site development.

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