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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Michael Baker Corp and Stantec, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Michael Baker Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Stantec 0 1 2 0 2.67

Stantec has a consensus target price of $38.50, suggesting a potential upside of 36.28%.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Michael Baker Corp and Stantec’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stantec $3.22 billion 1.00 $98.59 million $0.77 36.69

Stantec has higher revenue and earnings than Michael Baker Corp.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A
Stantec 2.24% 10.69% 5.03%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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


Stantec pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Michael Baker Corp does not pay a dividend. Stantec pays out 51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Michael Baker Corp has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Stantec has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


Stantec beats Michael Baker Corp on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Michael Baker Corp

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.

About Stantec

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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