SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF (NYSE: STN) and Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ:PRIM) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Primoris Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF pays out 126.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Primoris Services Corporation pays out 35.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Primoris Services Corporation has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF and Primoris Services Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF 0 4 3 0 2.43
Primoris Services Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF presently has a consensus price target of $33.20, suggesting a potential upside of 40.38%. Primoris Services Corporation has a consensus price target of $25.50, suggesting a potential upside of 3.57%. Given SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF is more favorable than Primoris Services Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF and Primoris Services Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF 0.88% 9.78% 4.45%
Primoris Services Corporation 1.49% 8.15% 3.56%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF and Primoris Services Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF $2.48 billion 1.09 $263.15 million $0.30 78.83
Primoris Services Corporation $2.13 billion 0.59 $136.03 million $0.62 39.71

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF has higher revenue and earnings than Primoris Services Corporation. Primoris Services Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Primoris Services Corporation has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.8% of SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 23.1% of Primoris Services Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF beats Primoris Services Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF Company Profile

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.

Primoris Services Corporation Company Profile

Primoris Services Corporation is a holding company. The Company holds various subsidiaries, through which it operates as a specialty contractor and infrastructure company. The Company provides a range of construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, water and wastewater, and engineering services to public utilities, petrochemical companies, energy companies, municipalities, state departments of transportation and other customers. It operates in three segments: the West Construction Services segment (West segment), the East Construction Services segment (East segment) and the Energy segment. The Company installs, replaces, repairs and rehabilitates natural gas, refined product, water and wastewater pipeline systems; large diameter gas and liquid pipeline facilities, and heavy civil projects, earthwork and site development.

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