AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is one of 48 public companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare AECOM to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for AECOM and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AECOM 0 5 4 0 2.44
AECOM Competitors 155 889 1545 17 2.55

AECOM currently has a consensus price target of $38.89, indicating a potential upside of 6.34%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 19.25%. Given AECOM’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AECOM has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares AECOM and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%
AECOM Competitors 1.97% -27.41% 2.31%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AECOM and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AECOM $17.67 billion $790.46 million 22.30
AECOM Competitors $3.12 billion $133.98 million 19.48

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. AECOM is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.1% of AECOM shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of AECOM shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

AECOM has a beta of 1.69, meaning that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AECOM’s competitors have a beta of 1.27, meaning that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AECOM competitors beat AECOM on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

AECOM Company Profile

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.

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