Empresas ICA SAB de CV (OTCMKTS:ICAYY) and Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.5% of Jacobs Engineering Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Jacobs Engineering Group shares are held by company insiders. 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Empresas ICA SAB de CV and Jacobs Engineering Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empresas ICA SAB de CV 0 0 0 0 N/A
Jacobs Engineering Group 0 2 14 0 2.88

Jacobs Engineering Group has a consensus target price of $83.67, indicating a potential upside of 39.96%. Given Jacobs Engineering Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Jacobs Engineering Group is more favorable than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.


This table compares Empresas ICA SAB de CV and Jacobs Engineering Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empresas ICA SAB de CV N/A N/A N/A
Jacobs Engineering Group 1.19% 10.40% 4.94%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Empresas ICA SAB de CV and Jacobs Engineering Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empresas ICA SAB de CV $1.09 billion N/A -$476.11 million N/A N/A
Jacobs Engineering Group $14.98 billion 0.57 $163.43 million $4.47 13.37

Jacobs Engineering Group has higher revenue and earnings than Empresas ICA SAB de CV.

Volatility and Risk

Empresas ICA SAB de CV has a beta of -3.06, indicating that its stock price is 406% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jacobs Engineering Group has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Jacobs Engineering Group pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Empresas ICA SAB de CV does not pay a dividend. Jacobs Engineering Group pays out 13.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Jacobs Engineering Group beats Empresas ICA SAB de CV on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Jacobs Engineering Group

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services. It offers project services that include engineering, architectural, interiors, design, planning, and related services, as well as planning, scheduling, procurement, estimating, cost engineering, project accounting and delivery, safety, and other support services. The company also provides process, scientific, and systems consulting services, including performing pricing studies, market analyses, and financial projections in determining the feasibility of a project; performing gasoline reformulation modeling; analyzing and evaluating layout and mechanical designs for complex processing plants; analyzing automation and control systems; analyzing, designing, and executing bio containment strategies; developing and performing process protocols; and performing geological and metallurgical studies. In addition, it offers traditional field construction, modular construction consulting, and environmental remedial construction services. Further, the company provides operations and maintenance services that include managing subcontractors and other on-site personnel; and offering process plant maintenance, management and technical support, and program management services, as well as offers systems information technology, and data security solutions. It serves various industries and markets, such as oil and gas exploration, production, and refining; chemicals and polymers; aerospace, defense, and environmental programs; buildings; infrastructure and telecommunications; mining and minerals; pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; power; pulp and paper; technology and manufacturing; and food and consumer products, and others. The company provides its services through approximately 200 offices located in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, India, Australia, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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