Analyzing Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units (BBU) & Argan (AGX)

Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units (NYSE: BBU) and Argan (NYSE:AGX) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units and Argan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units 0.94% 5.30% 2.10%
Argan 9.18% 26.24% 12.66%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units and Argan’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units $22.82 billion 0.12 -$58.00 million N/A N/A
Argan $675.05 million 0.99 $70.32 million N/A N/A

Argan has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units.

Risk and Volatility

Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argan has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units and Argan, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units 0 0 5 0 3.00
Argan 0 1 1 0 2.50

Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units presently has a consensus target price of $41.40, suggesting a potential upside of 2.76%. Argan has a consensus target price of $56.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.78%. Given Argan’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Argan is more favorable than Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.0% of Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.8% of Argan shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of Argan shares are owned 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.

Dividends

Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Argan pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%.

Summary

Argan beats Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brookfield Business Partners L.P. Limited Partnership Units

Brookfield Business Partners L.P. specializes in investments in business services and industrials sector. It seeks returns of at least 15% on its investments. Brookfield Business Partners L.P. is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. Brookfield Business Partners L.P. operates as a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

About Argan

Argan, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, development, technical, and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. The company's Power Industry Services segment offers engineering, procurement, and construction contracting services to the owners of alternative energy facilities, such as biomass plants, wind farms, and solar fields; and design, construction, start-up, and operation services for approximately 76 facilities with approximately 14,500 megawatts of power-generating capacity. This segment serves independent power project owners, public utilities, power plant equipment suppliers, and global energy plant construction firms. Its Industrial Fabrication and Field Services segment provides industrial steel fabrication and construction services to light and heavy industrial organizations that comprise forest products, mining, and large fertilizer companies in the southern United States. The company's Telecommunications Infrastructure Services segment offers outside plant cabling services, including trench-less directional boring and excavation for underground communication and power networks, as well as aerial cabling services; and installs buried cable, high and low voltage electric lines, and private area outdoor lighting systems. It also offers inside premises wiring services consisting of structuring, cabling, terminations, and connectivity that provide the physical transport for high speed data, voice, video, and security networks. This segment serves state and local government agencies, regional communications service providers, electric utilities, other commercial customers, and federal government facilities, including cleared facilities in the mid-Atlantic region. Argan, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.

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