Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) and IES (NASDAQ:IESC) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.
This table compares Quanta Services and IES’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Quanta Services has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IES has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Quanta Services and IES, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Quanta Services currently has a consensus target price of $46.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.81%. Given Quanta Services’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Quanta Services is more favorable than IES.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Quanta Services and IES’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Quanta Services||$9.47 billion||0.58||$314.97 million||$2.00||18.00|
|IES||$810.70 million||0.44||$13.42 million||$0.53||31.70|
Quanta Services has higher revenue and earnings than IES. Quanta Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IES, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
81.8% of Quanta Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.4% of IES shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Quanta Services shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 60.0% of IES shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Quanta Services beats IES on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Quanta Services Company Profile
Quanta Services, Inc. is a provider of specialty contracting services, offering infrastructure solutions primarily to the electric power and oil and gas industries in the United States, Canada and Australia and selected other international markets. The Company operates through two segments: Electric Power Infrastructure Services, which provides network solutions to customers in the electric power industry, and Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services, which provides network solutions to customers involved in the development and transportation of natural gas, oil and other pipeline products. The services it provides include the design, installation, upgrade, repair and maintenance of infrastructure within each of the industries it serves, such as electric power transmission and distribution networks, substation facilities, renewable energy facilities, pipeline transmission and distribution systems and facilities, and infrastructure services for the offshore and inland water energy markets.
IES Company Profile
IES Holdings, Inc., formerly Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., is a holding company that owns and manages diverse operating subsidiaries across a range of infrastructure-related end markets. The Company operates through four segments: Communications, Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Infrastructure Solutions. The Communications segment provides network infrastructure services for data centers and other mission critical environments. The Residential segment provides electrical installation services for single-family housing and multi-family apartment complexes and cable television installations for residential and light commercial applications. The Commercial & Industrial segment provides electrical and mechanical design, construction, and maintenance services to the commercial and industrial markets. The Company’s Infrastructure Solutions segment provides electro-mechanical solutions for industrial operations to domestic and international customers.
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