BALFOUR BEATTY/S (OTCMKTS:BAFYY) and Slack (NYSE:WORK) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.


BALFOUR BEATTY/S pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Slack does not pay a dividend. BALFOUR BEATTY/S pays out 12.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of BALFOUR BEATTY/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.6% of Slack shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BALFOUR BEATTY/S and Slack’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BALFOUR BEATTY/S $8.86 billion 0.23 $180.20 million $0.70 8.31
Slack $400.55 million 27.85 -$140.68 million N/A N/A

BALFOUR BEATTY/S has higher revenue and earnings than Slack.


This table compares BALFOUR BEATTY/S and Slack’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Slack N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for BALFOUR BEATTY/S and Slack, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BALFOUR BEATTY/S 0 1 0 0 2.00
Slack 1 7 10 0 2.50

Slack has a consensus price target of $33.44, suggesting a potential upside of 63.14%. Given Slack’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Slack is more favorable than BALFOUR BEATTY/S.


Slack beats BALFOUR BEATTY/S on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.


Balfour Beatty Plc engages in the provision of infrastructure services. It offers a range of capabilities in construction, civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering services. It operates through following business segments: Construction Services, Support Services, Infrastructure Investments, and Corporate Activities. The Construction Services segment includes activities resulting in the physical construction of an asset. The Support Services segment supports existing assets or functions such as asset maintenance and refurbishment. The Infrastructure Investments segment involves in the acquisition, operation, and disposal of infrastructure assets such as roads, hospitals, student accommodation, military housing, offshore transmission networks, waste and biomass, and other concessions. The company was founded by George Balfour and Andrew Beatty on January 12, 1909 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

About Slack

Slack Technologies, Inc. operates Slack, a business technology software platform in the United States and internationally. Its platform brings together people, applications, and data, as well as sells its offering under a software-as-a-service model. The company was formerly known as Tiny Speck, Inc. and changed its name to Slack Technologies, Inc. in 2014. Slack Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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