Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) and Michael Baker Corp (NYSE:BKR) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Quanta Services and Michael Baker Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quanta Services 3.21% 8.36% 5.11%
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Quanta Services and Michael Baker Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quanta Services 0 2 8 0 2.80
Michael Baker Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Quanta Services currently has a consensus target price of $42.50, indicating a potential upside of 13.97%. Given Quanta Services’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Quanta Services is more favorable than Michael Baker Corp.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.5% of Quanta Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Quanta Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Quanta Services and Michael Baker Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quanta Services $8.52 billion 0.68 $655.04 million $1.77 21.07
Michael Baker Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Quanta Services has higher revenue and earnings than Michael Baker Corp.

Summary

Quanta Services beats Michael Baker Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Quanta Services Company Profile

Quanta Services, Inc. is a provider of specialty contracting services, offering infrastructure solutions primarily to the electric power and oil and gas industries in the United States, Canada and Australia and selected other international markets. The Company operates through two segments: Electric Power Infrastructure Services, which provides network solutions to customers in the electric power industry, and Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services, which provides network solutions to customers involved in the development and transportation of natural gas, oil and other pipeline products. The services it provides include the design, installation, upgrade, repair and maintenance of infrastructure within each of the industries it serves, such as electric power transmission and distribution networks, substation facilities, renewable energy facilities, pipeline transmission and distribution systems and facilities, and infrastructure services for the offshore and inland water energy markets.

Michael Baker Corp Company Profile

Michael Baker Corporation (Baker), through its operating subsidiaries, is engaged in providing engineering services for public and private sector clients worldwide. The Company’s business is principally in the United States of America. The Company’s operates in two segments: Transportation and Federal. The Transportation segment provides services for surface transportation, aviation and rail and transit markets. The Company also partners with construction contractors to pursue selected design-build contracts. In October 2013, the Company and Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC (IMS), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners, LLC, announced the merger of IMS’s wholly owned subsidiary, CDL Acquisition Co. Inc. (Merger Sub), with and into Baker. In connection with the merger, IMS is changing its name to Michael Baker International, LLC (Michael Baker International). As a result of the merger, Baker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Baker International.

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