Analyzing Dycom Industries (DY) and Aegion (AEGN)

Dycom Industries (NYSE: DY) and Aegion (NASDAQ:AEGN) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

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Dycom Industries has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegion has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Dycom Industries and Aegion, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dycom Industries 0 1 9 0 2.90
Aegion 0 5 1 0 2.17

Dycom Industries presently has a consensus price target of $122.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.73%. Aegion has a consensus price target of $26.33, suggesting a potential upside of 13.75%. Given Dycom Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Dycom Industries is more favorable than Aegion.

Profitability

This table compares Dycom Industries and Aegion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dycom Industries 5.08% 18.67% 6.58%
Aegion -5.37% 6.32% 3.02%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Dycom Industries and Aegion’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dycom Industries $3.07 billion 1.08 $23.66 million N/A N/A
Aegion $1.36 billion 0.56 -$69.05 million $1.03 22.48

Dycom Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Aegion.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.9% of Aegion shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.4% of Dycom Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Aegion shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Dycom Industries beats Aegion on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Dycom Industries Company Profile

Dycom Industries, Inc. provides specialty contracting services in the United States and Canada. The company offers various specialty contracting services, including program management, engineering, construction, maintenance, and installation services, such as placement and splicing of fiber, copper, and coaxial cables to telecommunications providers. It also provides tower construction, lines and antenna installation, and foundation and equipment pad construction for wireless carriers, as well as equipment installation and material fabrication, and site testing services; and installs and maintains customer premise equipment, such as digital video recorders, set top boxes, and modems for cable television system operators. In addition, the company offers construction and maintenance services for electric and gas utilities, and other customers; and underground facility locating services, such as locating telephone, cable television, power, water, sewer, and gas lines for various utility companies, including telecommunication providers. Dycom Industries, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Aegion Company Profile

Aegion Corporation (Aegion) is engaged in providing infrastructure protection and maintenance. The Company operates through three segments: Infrastructure Solutions, Corrosion Protection and Energy Services. The Company offers service solutions, including rehabilitation of water and wastewater pipelines with Insituform cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) products; fusible polyvinyl chloride products for rehabilitation; fiber reinforced polymer systems for rehabilitation and strengthening; cathodic protection for corrosion engineering control and infrastructure rehabilitation; pipe coatings for corrosion control and prevention; high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe lining for corrosion control, abrasion protection and pipeline rehabilitation, and construction and maintenance of oil and gas facilities. The Company’s Insituform CIPP Process for the rehabilitation of sewers, pipelines and other conduits utilizes a custom-manufactured tube, or liner, made of synthetic fiber.

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