Contrasting Primoris Services Corporation (PRIM) and URS Corp (URS)

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


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

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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


Primoris Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. URS Corp does not pay a dividend. Primoris Services Corporation pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Primoris Services Corporation and URS Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Primoris Services Corporation 0 5 2 0 2.29
URS Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Primoris Services Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $26.67, indicating a potential downside of 8.14%. Given Primoris Services Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Primoris Services Corporation is more favorable than URS Corp.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Primoris Services Corporation $2.30 billion 0.65 $162.46 million $0.94 30.88
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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


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

About Primoris Services Corporation

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.

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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