IES (NASDAQ: IESC) is one of 46 public companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare IES to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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78.4% of IES shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.6% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by institutional investors. 61.7% of IES shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IES and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
IES $810.70 million $13.42 million 31.04
IES Competitors $4.59 billion $24.41 million 858.35

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

Risk & Volatility

IES has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IES’s rivals have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for IES and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IES 0 0 0 0 N/A
IES Competitors 196 1030 1768 20 2.53

As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 31.85%. Given IES’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IES has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares IES and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IES -2.46% 5.86% 3.26%
IES Competitors 1.83% -28.78% 2.71%

Summary

IES rivals beat IES on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About IES

IES Holdings, Inc., formerly Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., is a holding company that owns and manages diverse operating subsidiaries across a range of infrastructure-related end markets. The Company operates through four segments: Communications, Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Infrastructure Solutions. The Communications segment provides network infrastructure services for data centers and other mission critical environments. The Residential segment provides electrical installation services for single-family housing and multi-family apartment complexes and cable television installations for residential and light commercial applications. The Commercial & Industrial segment provides electrical and mechanical design, construction, and maintenance services to the commercial and industrial markets. The Company’s Infrastructure Solutions segment provides electro-mechanical solutions for industrial operations to domestic and international customers.

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