Stantec (NYSE: STN) and Orion Group Holdings (NYSE:ORN) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Stantec has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Group Holdings has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Stantec pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Orion Group Holdings does not pay a dividend. Stantec pays out 51.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Stantec has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Stantec and Orion Group Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stantec 0 3 2 0 2.40
Orion Group Holdings 0 1 1 0 2.50

Stantec presently has a consensus target price of $33.75, indicating a potential upside of 17.60%. Orion Group Holdings has a consensus target price of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 18.88%. Given Orion Group Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Orion Group Holdings is more favorable than Stantec.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.7% of Stantec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.6% of Orion Group Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Orion Group Holdings shares are owned by 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.

Profitability

This table compares Stantec and Orion Group Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stantec 2.31% 10.67% 4.95%
Orion Group Holdings -0.98% 1.37% 0.70%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Stantec and Orion Group Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stantec $3.22 billion 1.01 $98.59 million $0.78 36.80
Orion Group Holdings $578.24 million 0.34 -$3.62 million ($0.21) -34.05

Stantec has higher revenue and earnings than Orion Group Holdings. Orion Group Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stantec, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Stantec beats Orion Group Holdings on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Orion Group Holdings

Orion Group Holdings, Inc., formerly Orion Marine Group, Inc., is engaged in heavy civil construction project management business. The Company specializes in marine construction. It provides a range of heavy civil marine construction services to federal agencies, state and municipal governments, and private commercial and industrial customers. Its heavy civil marine construction and project management services include new construction, dredging, repair and maintenance, and other related specialty services. It provides heavy civil marine construction services on, over and under the water in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean Basin. It provides heavy civil marine construction services through projects that are obtained primarily through a competitive bid or contract process. It also provides tilt-wall construction services, parking structures, concrete slabs for commercial and institutional applications, curbs, gutters and paving, among other capabilities.

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