The Shaw Group (SHAW) & Stantec (STN) Head to Head Comparison

The Shaw Group (NYSE: SHAW) and Stantec (NYSE:STN) are both construction & engineering – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.5% of Stantec shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Stantec pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. The Shaw Group does not pay a dividend. Stantec pays out 51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. The Shaw Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The Shaw Group and Stantec’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Shaw Group N/A N/A N/A $3.25 N/A
Stantec $3.22 billion 1.01 $98.59 million $0.77 37.14

Stantec has higher revenue and earnings than The Shaw Group. The Shaw Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stantec, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for The Shaw Group and Stantec, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Shaw Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Stantec 0 1 2 0 2.67

Stantec has a consensus target price of $38.50, indicating a potential upside of 34.62%.

Profitability

This table compares The Shaw Group and Stantec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Shaw Group N/A N/A N/A
Stantec 2.24% 10.69% 5.03%

Summary

Stantec beats The Shaw Group on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Shaw Group Company Profile

The Shaw Group Inc. (Shaw) is a provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation and facilities management services to a diverse client base that includes multinational and national oil companies and industrial corporations, regulated utilities, independent and merchant power producers, and government agencies. The Company has developed and acquired intellectual property, including induction pipe bending technology and environmental decontamination technologies. Its segments include Power, Plant Services, Environmental & Infrastructure (E&I), Fabrication & Manufacturing (F&M), Energy & Chemicals (E&C) Segment, Investment in Westinghouse, and Corporate segment. Effective August 31, 2012, the Company completed the divestiture of its Energy & Chemicals business to Technip. On January 4, 2013, TOSHIBA CORP acquired a 20% stake in Westinghouse from Shaw Group Inc.

Stantec Company Profile

Stantec Inc. is a provider of professional services in the area of infrastructure and facilities for clients in the public and private sectors. The Company’s operates through four segments Consulting Services-Canada, Consulting Services-United States, Consulting Services-Global and Construction Services. The Company’s services include engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, construction services, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through to design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, decommissioning and remediation. The Company provides professional consulting services in engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental services, project management and project economics in the area of infrastructure and facilities, principally under fee-for-service agreements with clients.

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