Financial Comparison: Primoris Services Corporation (PRIM) & Granite Construction (GVA)

Granite Construction (NYSE: GVA) and Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ:PRIM) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Granite Construction $2.70 billion 0.77 $126.96 million $1.07 48.94
Primoris Services Corporation $2.30 billion 0.58 $162.46 million $0.94 27.80

Primoris Services Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Granite Construction. Primoris Services Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Granite Construction, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Granite Construction has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Primoris Services Corporation has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Granite Construction and Primoris Services Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Granite Construction 0 2 6 0 2.75
Primoris Services Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38

Granite Construction currently has a consensus price target of $62.14, suggesting a potential upside of 18.68%. Primoris Services Corporation has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.50%. Given Granite Construction’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Granite Construction is more favorable than Primoris Services Corporation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Granite Construction 1.61% 4.80% 2.49%
Primoris Services Corporation 2.09% 11.30% 4.90%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Granite Construction shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.8% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Granite Construction shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Granite Construction pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Primoris Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Granite Construction pays out 48.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Primoris Services Corporation pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Summary

Granite Construction beats Primoris Services Corporation on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Granite Construction Company Profile

Granite Construction Incorporated is a heavy civil contractor and construction materials producer in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: Construction, Large Project Construction and Construction Materials. The Company operates across the nation, serving both public and private sector clients. Within the public sector, it concentrates on heavy-civil infrastructure projects, including the construction of streets, roads, highways, mass transit facilities, airport infrastructure, bridges, trenchless and underground utilities, power-related facilities, water and wastewater facilities, utilities, tunnels, dams and other infrastructure-related projects. Within the private sector, the Company offers site preparation and infrastructure services for residential development, energy development, commercial and industrial sites, and other facilities, as well as provides construction management professional services.

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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