Analyzing AECOM (ACM) and URS Corp (URS)

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AECOM and URS Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AECOM $17.67 billion 0.30 $790.46 million $1.64 20.87
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than URS Corp.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.1% of AECOM shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of AECOM shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for AECOM and URS Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AECOM 0 5 4 0 2.44
URS Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

AECOM presently has a consensus target price of $38.67, suggesting a potential upside of 12.99%. Given AECOM’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe AECOM is more favorable than URS Corp.

Summary

AECOM beats URS Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AECOM

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Its CS segment is engaged in construction services, including building construction and energy, infrastructure and industrial construction, primarily in the Americas. Its MS segment is engaged in programming and facilitating management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the United States government and other national governments.

About URS Corp

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.

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