Stantec (NYSE: STN) is one of 48 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Stantec to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Stantec has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stantec’s peers have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.0% of Stantec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.0% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies 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.

Dividends

Stantec pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Stantec pays out 51.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 125.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Stantec has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stantec 2.31% 10.67% 4.95%
Stantec Competitors 1.87% -28.41% 2.02%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Stantec and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stantec 0 3 2 0 2.40
Stantec Competitors 157 897 1555 17 2.55

Stantec currently has a consensus price target of $32.75, indicating a potential upside of 15.52%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 20.39%. Given Stantec’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stantec has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Stantec and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Stantec $2.84 billion $305.54 million 36.35
Stantec Competitors $3.12 billion $137.70 million 19.21

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

Summary

Stantec peers beat Stantec on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Stantec

Stantec Inc. is a provider of professional services in the area of infrastructure and facilities for clients in the public and private sectors. The Company’s operates through four segments Consulting Services-Canada, Consulting Services-United States, Consulting Services-Global and Construction Services. The Company’s services include engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, construction services, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through to design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, decommissioning and remediation. The Company provides professional consulting services in engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental services, project management and project economics in the area of infrastructure and facilities, principally under fee-for-service agreements with clients.

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