Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI) and Orion Group (NYSE:ORN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.5% of Chicago Bridge & Iron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.7% of Orion Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chicago Bridge & Iron shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of Orion Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chicago Bridge & Iron and Orion Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chicago Bridge & Iron $10.68 billion 0.15 -$313.16 million ($9.62) -1.69
Orion Group $578.24 million 0.40 -$3.62 million ($0.56) -14.66

Orion Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Chicago Bridge & Iron. Orion Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chicago Bridge & Iron, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Chicago Bridge & Iron and Orion Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chicago Bridge & Iron -13.33% -10.86% -2.04%
Orion Group -2.76% -2.96% -1.54%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Chicago Bridge & Iron and Orion Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chicago Bridge & Iron 2 7 5 0 2.21
Orion Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Chicago Bridge & Iron presently has a consensus price target of $19.62, indicating a potential upside of 20.67%. Orion Group has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 3.53%. Given Chicago Bridge & Iron’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Chicago Bridge & Iron is more favorable than Orion Group.

Risk and Volatility

Chicago Bridge & Iron has a beta of 2.13, suggesting that its stock price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Group has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Chicago Bridge & Iron pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Orion Group does not pay a dividend. Chicago Bridge & Iron pays out -2.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Orion Group beats Chicago Bridge & Iron on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Profile

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides services to customers in energy infrastructure market. The Company provides services, such as conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management and environmental services. Its Engineering and Construction segment provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. Its Fabrication Services segment provides fabrication and erection of steel plate structures; fabrication of piping systems and process modules, and manufacturing and distribution of pipe and fittings. The Technology segment provides process technology licenses and associated engineering services, and catalysts, for petrochemical and refining industries, and offers process planning and project development services.

Orion Group Company Profile

Orion Group Holdings, Inc., formerly Orion Marine Group, Inc., is engaged in heavy civil construction project management business. The Company specializes in marine construction. It provides a range of heavy civil marine construction services to federal agencies, state and municipal governments, and private commercial and industrial customers. Its heavy civil marine construction and project management services include new construction, dredging, repair and maintenance, and other related specialty services. It provides heavy civil marine construction services on, over and under the water in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean Basin. It provides heavy civil marine construction services through projects that are obtained primarily through a competitive bid or contract process. It also provides tilt-wall construction services, parking structures, concrete slabs for commercial and institutional applications, curbs, gutters and paving, among other capabilities.

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