NCI Building Systems (NYSE: NCS) and URS Corp (NYSE:URS) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NCI Building Systems and URS Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NCI Building Systems $1.76 billion 0.64 $147.14 million $0.79 20.06
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

NCI Building Systems has higher revenue and earnings than URS Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for NCI Building Systems and URS Corp, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NCI Building Systems 0 1 3 0 2.75
URS Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

NCI Building Systems currently has a consensus target price of $18.13, suggesting a potential upside of 14.35%. Given NCI Building Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NCI Building Systems is more favorable than URS Corp.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.4% of NCI Building Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of NCI Building Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares NCI Building Systems and URS Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NCI Building Systems 3.18% 18.31% 5.31%
URS Corp N/A N/A N/A


NCI Building Systems beats URS Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NCI Building Systems

NCI Building Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of metal products in North America. The Company’s operating segments include Engineered building systems, Metal components and Metal coil coating. The Engineered building systems segment is engaged in the manufacturing of main frames and long bay systems, and engineering and drafting. The Metal components segment’s products include metal roof and wall panels, doors, metal partitions, metal trim, insulated metal panel (IMP) products and other related accessories. The Company manufactures and distributes a range of metal products for the non-residential construction market. It operates in the United States, Mexico, Canada and China. The Company provides metal coil coating services, and designs, engineers, manufactures and markets metal components and engineered building systems. It also provides metal coil coating services for commercial and construction applications, servicing both internal and external customers.

About URS Corp

URS Corporation (URS) is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services. The Company offers a range of program management, planning, design, engineering, construction and construction management, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning and closure services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. It provides its services through four reporting segments: Infrastructure & Environment, Federal Services, Energy & Construction, and Oil & Gas Divisions. URS also is a United States federal government contractor in the areas of systems engineering and technical assistance, operations and maintenance, and information technology (IT) services. It provides services for federal, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, and industrial projects and programs. On May 14, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Flint Energy Services Ltd.

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