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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AECOM and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AECOM $17.67 billion $790.46 million 21.59
AECOM Competitors $3.12 billion $137.70 million 18.85

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. AECOM is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares AECOM and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AECOM 1.46% 12.19% 3.29%
AECOM Competitors 1.90% -27.90% 2.21%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.1% of AECOM shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of AECOM shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” 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.

Volatility & Risk

AECOM has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AECOM’s competitors have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for AECOM and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AECOM 0 5 4 0 2.44
AECOM Competitors 157 900 1556 17 2.54

AECOM presently has a consensus target price of $38.89, indicating a potential upside of 9.86%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 20.07%. Given AECOM’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AECOM has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

AECOM competitors beat AECOM on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

AECOM Company Profile

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Its CS segment is engaged in construction services, including building construction and energy, infrastructure and industrial construction, primarily in the Americas. Its MS segment is engaged in programming and facilitating management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the United States government and other national governments.

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