Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (NASDAQ:GLDD) and Empresas ICA SAB de CV (OTCMKTS:ICAYY) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock and Empresas ICA SAB de CV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock 0 0 1 0 3.00
Empresas ICA SAB de CV 0 0 0 0 N/A

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.48%. Given Great Lakes Dredge & Dock’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Great Lakes Dredge & Dock is more favorable than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.

Profitability

This table compares Great Lakes Dredge & Dock and Empresas ICA SAB de CV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock -1.07% -0.73% -0.20%
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresas ICA SAB de CV has a beta of -3.06, indicating that its share price is 406% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.8% of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock shares are held by institutional investors. 9.1% of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Great Lakes Dredge & Dock and Empresas ICA SAB de CV’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock $702.50 million 0.63 -$31.26 million ($0.27) -26.11
Empresas ICA SAB de CV $1.09 billion N/A -$476.11 million N/A N/A

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.

Summary

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock beats Empresas ICA SAB de CV on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation provides dredging services in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Dredging, and Environmental & Infrastructure. The Dredging segment is involved in capital dredging that consists of port expansion projects, coastal restoration and land reclamations, trench digging for pipelines, tunnels and cables, and other dredging related to the construction of breakwaters, jetties, canals, and other marine structures. This segment also engages in channel deepening and port infrastructure development; coastal protection projects; re-dredging previously deepened waterways and harbors; and lake and river dredging, inland levee and construction dredging, environmental restoration and habitat improvement, and other marine construction projects. It serves federal, state, and local governments; foreign governments; and domestic and foreign private concerns, such as utilities, oil, and other energy companies. The Environmental & Infrastructure segment provides environmental and geotechnical construction services, including the creation, repair, or stabilization of environmental barriers; and remediation services comprising the containment, immobilization, or removal of contamination from an environment. It serves general contractors, corporations, superfund potentially responsible parties, and environmental engineering and construction firms, as well as federal and municipal government agencies. The company operates a fleet of 20 dredges, 16 material transportation barges, 1 drillboat, and various other support vessels. The company was formerly known as Lydon & Drews Partnership and changed its name to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in 1905. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

About Empresas ICA SAB de CV

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in construction and related activities for the public and private sectors. The company operates through five segments: Civil Construction, Industrial Construction, Airports, Concessions, and Corporate and Other. The Civil Construction segment focuses on the construction of infrastructure projects, such as roads, highways, transportation facilities, bridges, dams, hydroelectric plants, prisons, tunnels, canals, airports, hospitals, and athletic complexes in Mexico, as well as in other parts of Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the United States. This segment is also involved in the construction, development, and remodeling of multi-storied urban buildings comprising office buildings, multiple-dwelling housing developments, and shopping centers. The Industrial Construction segment focuses on the engineering, procurement, construction, design, and commissioning of manufacturing facilities, such as power plants, chemical plants, petrochemical plants, fertilizer plants, pharmaceutical plants, steel mills, paper mills, drilling platforms, and automobile and cement factories. The Airports segment operates 13 airports in the Central North region of Mexico pursuant to concessions granted by the Mexican government, including the Monterrey airport. The Concessions segment focuses on the construction, development, maintenance, and operation of long-term concessions of toll roads, tunnels, social infrastructure, and water projects for Mexican state and municipal governments, and the governments of foreign countries. The Corporate and Other segment is involved in real estate operations, including its affordable entry-level housing operations. Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1947 and is based in Mexico City, Mexico.

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