Critical Comparison: WEIR GRP PLC/S (OTCMKTS:WEGRY) & SHIMIZU CORP/ADR (OTCMKTS:SHMUY)

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WEIR GRP PLC/S (OTCMKTS:WEGRY) and SHIMIZU CORP/ADR (OTCMKTS:SHMUY) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of WEIR GRP PLC/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 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 WEIR GRP PLC/S and SHIMIZU CORP/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WEIR GRP PLC/S N/A N/A N/A
SHIMIZU CORP/ADR 5.23% 12.25% 4.58%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for WEIR GRP PLC/S and SHIMIZU CORP/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WEIR GRP PLC/S 0 1 0 0 2.00
SHIMIZU CORP/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

WEIR GRP PLC/S has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SHIMIZU CORP/ADR has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

WEIR GRP PLC/S pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. SHIMIZU CORP/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares WEIR GRP PLC/S and SHIMIZU CORP/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WEIR GRP PLC/S $3.04 billion 1.24 $208.39 million N/A N/A
SHIMIZU CORP/ADR $14.98 billion 0.41 $766.76 million N/A N/A

SHIMIZU CORP/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than WEIR GRP PLC/S.

Summary

SHIMIZU CORP/ADR beats WEIR GRP PLC/S on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About WEIR GRP PLC/S

The Weir Group PLC designs, manufactures, and sells highly-engineered products and services worldwide. It operates through three segments: Minerals, ESCO, and Oil & Gas. The Minerals segment offers slurry handling equipment and associated aftermarket support services for abrasive high-wear applications used in the mining and oil sands markets. The ESCO segment provides ground engaging tools for surface mining and infrastructure. The Oil & Gas segment offers products and service solutions to upstream, production, transportation, and related industries. The company offers its products under the Allen Steam Turbines, Aspir, Atwood & Morrill, AutoTork, Batley Valve, BDK, Begemann, Blakeborough, Cavex, Delta Industrial, Enduron, Floway, FusionCast, Gabbioneta, GEHO, Gemex, Hazleton, Hopkinsons, Hydrau-Flo, Isogate, Lewis, Linatex, Mathena, Multiflo, Novatech, Roto-Jet, Sarasin-RSBD, Seaboard, SEBIM, SPM, Stampede, Synertrex, Tricentric, Trio, Vulco, Warman, WEMCO, and WSP brand names. The Weir Group PLC was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Glasgow, the United Kingdom.

About SHIMIZU CORP/ADR

Shimizu Corporation engages in building contracting, civil engineering, machinery, and other construction works Japan. It also involved in the research, planning, study, evaluation, diagnosis, soil analysis, surveying, design, supervision, management, and consultancy related to regional, urban, ocean, space, resources, and energy developments, as well as construction works and environment improvements; purchase, sale, letting, brokerage, management, appraisal, and consultancy of real estate. In addition, the company constructs, lets, and sells residential houses and other buildings; plans, constructs, possesses, maintains, and operates public office buildings, roads, harbors, airports, and parks, as well as educational and cultural, medical and welfare, and water supply and sewerage facilities; generates and supplies electricity and heat; undertakes purification works; collects, disposes, and reutilizes waste; and designs, installs, leases, sells, and maintains information communication and building management systems. Further, it engages in the cultivation, production, sale, and consultancy of agricultural produce and seafood, and forestry work; maintenance and upkeep, security, and cleaning of buildings, equipment, and machinery; and design, manufacture, sale, lease, and brokerage of construction machinery and materials, concrete and wooden products, furniture, and interior fittings. Additionally, the company offers industrial property, copyrights, and computer software; pharmaceuticals, medical care materials, and medical machinery and equipment; and advertisement, publication, printing, images and other information media, business event, inland transportation, warehouse, distribution center, insurance agency, manpower supply, loan, guarantee, and factoring services. It also engages in the management and consultancy of sporting, hotel, restaurant, nursing, and resort facilities. The company was founded in 1804 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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