Altair Engineering (ALTR) & Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) Financial Survey

Altair Engineering (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings for Altair Engineering and Jacobs Engineering Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altair Engineering 0 3 4 0 2.57
Jacobs Engineering Group 0 7 5 0 2.42

Altair Engineering presently has a consensus target price of $31.83, suggesting a potential upside of 5.03%. Jacobs Engineering Group has a consensus target price of $73.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.37%. Given Jacobs Engineering Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Jacobs Engineering Group is more favorable than Altair Engineering.

Profitability

This table compares Altair Engineering and Jacobs Engineering Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altair Engineering N/A N/A N/A
Jacobs Engineering Group 2.30% 8.59% 4.72%

Dividends

Jacobs Engineering Group pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Altair Engineering does not pay a dividend. Jacobs Engineering Group pays out 30.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Altair Engineering and Jacobs Engineering Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altair Engineering $333.33 million 5.72 $10.16 million N/A N/A
Jacobs Engineering Group $10.02 billion 0.79 $293.72 million $1.95 28.50

Jacobs Engineering Group has higher revenue and earnings than Altair Engineering.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.5% of Altair Engineering shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.2% of Jacobs Engineering Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Altair Engineering shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Jacobs Engineering Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Jacobs Engineering Group beats Altair Engineering on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering Inc. is a United States-based software company. The Company is focused on developing engineering software and computing technologies. The Company‚Äôs products include HyperWorks, solidThinking, PBS Works, and Carriots. The Company offers a range of solutions such as product engineering, industrial design, and tailored solutions. The Company provides open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. Altair’s grid computing software, PBS Pro, is a workload management solution for computing environments, LINUX clusters and desktop cycle harvesting.

About Jacobs Engineering Group

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is a technical professional services company. The Company provides a range of technical, professional and construction services to industrial, commercial and governmental clients. The Company’s services include Project Services; Process, Scientific, and Systems Consulting Services; Construction Services, and Operations and Maintenance Services. It operates four lines of business (LOBs): Petroleum and Chemicals; Buildings and Infrastructure; Aerospace and Technology, and Industrial. It caters its services to various sectors, such as oil and gas exploration, production and refining; chemicals and polymers; programs for various national governments, including aerospace, defense, and environmental programs; buildings; infrastructure and telecommunications; mining and minerals; pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; power; pulp and paper; technology and manufacturing, and food and consumer products.

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