Orion Group Holdings (NYSE: ORN) and Michael Baker Corp (NYSE:BKR) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Orion Group Holdings and Michael Baker Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orion Group Holdings 0 2 1 0 2.33
Michael Baker Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Orion Group Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $8.33, suggesting a potential upside of 20.95%. Given Orion Group Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Orion Group Holdings is more favorable than Michael Baker Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Orion Group Holdings and Michael Baker Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orion Group Holdings -0.98% 1.37% 0.70%
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Orion Group Holdings and Michael Baker Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orion Group Holdings $584.49 million 0.33 $31.23 million ($0.21) -32.81
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Orion Group Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Michael Baker Corp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.8% of Orion Group Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of Orion Group Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Orion Group Holdings beats Michael Baker Corp on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Orion Group Holdings 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.

Michael Baker Corp Company Profile

Michael Baker Corporation (Baker), through its operating subsidiaries, is engaged in providing engineering services for public and private sector clients worldwide. The Company’s business is principally in the United States of America. The Company’s operates in two segments: Transportation and Federal. The Transportation segment provides services for surface transportation, aviation and rail and transit markets. The Company also partners with construction contractors to pursue selected design-build contracts. In October 2013, the Company and Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC (IMS), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners, LLC, announced the merger of IMS’s wholly owned subsidiary, CDL Acquisition Co. Inc. (Merger Sub), with and into Baker. In connection with the merger, IMS is changing its name to Michael Baker International, LLC (Michael Baker International). As a result of the merger, Baker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Baker International.

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