Matrix Service (NASDAQ: MTRX) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Matrix Service to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.2% of Matrix Service shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matrix Service shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Matrix Service and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matrix Service -0.02% -0.06% -0.03%
Matrix Service Competitors -19.40% -18.10% -6.51%

Risk and Volatility

Matrix Service has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matrix Service’s peers have a beta of 1.57, indicating that their average share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Matrix Service and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matrix Service 0 3 0 0 2.00
Matrix Service Competitors 500 2214 2930 125 2.46

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 24.92%. Given Matrix Service’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Matrix Service has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Matrix Service and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Matrix Service $1.20 billion $25.98 million -1,478.52
Matrix Service Competitors $2.04 billion $274.32 million -40.56

Matrix Service’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Matrix Service. Matrix Service is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Matrix Service peers beat Matrix Service on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Matrix Service

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, mining and minerals markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial. The Electrical Infrastructure segment primarily includes construction and maintenance services to a range of power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations and renewable energy installations. The Oil Gas & Chemical segment includes turnaround activities, plant maintenance services and construction in the downstream petroleum industry. The Storage Solutions segment includes new construction of crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), as well as planned and emergency maintenance services. The Industrial segment includes construction and maintenance work in the iron and steel and mining and minerals industries.

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