Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) and Foster Wheeler AG (NASDAQ:FWLT) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and Foster Wheeler AG, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. 2 7 5 0 2.21
Foster Wheeler AG 0 0 0 0 N/A

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. currently has a consensus target price of $19.62, indicating a potential upside of 18.38%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.7% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Foster Wheeler AG does not pay a dividend. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays out -2.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and Foster Wheeler AG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. -13.33% -10.86% -2.04%
Foster Wheeler AG N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and Foster Wheeler AG’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. $10.68 billion 0.16 -$313.16 million ($10.53) -1.57
Foster Wheeler AG N/A N/A N/A $0.90 N/A

Foster Wheeler AG has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Foster Wheeler AG, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. beats Foster Wheeler AG on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. Company Profile

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides services to customers in energy infrastructure market. The Company provides services, such as conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management and environmental services. Its Engineering and Construction segment provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. Its Fabrication Services segment provides fabrication and erection of steel plate structures; fabrication of piping systems and process modules, and manufacturing and distribution of pipe and fittings. The Technology segment provides process technology licenses and associated engineering services, and catalysts, for petrochemical and refining industries, and offers process planning and project development services.

Foster Wheeler AG Company Profile

Foster Wheeler AG (Foster Wheeler) is a supplier of engineering, construction and project management contractor and power equipment. It operates through two business groups: Global Engineering and Construction Group (Global E&C Group), and Global Power Group. Its Global E&C Group, which operates worldwide, designs, engineers and constructs onshore and offshore upstream oil and gas processing facilities, natural gas liquefaction facilities and receiving terminals, gas-to-liquids facilities, oil refining, chemical and petrochemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities and related infrastructure. Its Global Power Group designs, manufactures and erects steam generators and auxiliary equipment for electric power generating stations, district heating and power plants and industrial facilities worldwide.In May 2014, the Company announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group acquired Siemens Environmental Systems and Services business.

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