Head to Head Comparison: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CBI) vs. Aegion Corp (AEGN)

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) and Aegion Corp (NASDAQ:AEGN) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.9% of Aegion Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Aegion Corp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and Aegion Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. 2 7 5 0 2.21
Aegion Corp 0 5 2 0 2.29

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. presently has a consensus target price of $23.14, indicating a potential upside of 131.43%. Aegion Corp has a consensus target price of $23.17, indicating a potential upside of 13.51%. Given Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. is more favorable than Aegion Corp.

Dividends

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Aegion Corp does not pay a dividend. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. pays out -3.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and Aegion Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. -10.54% -3.92% -0.82%
Aegion Corp 3.57% 7.52% 3.65%

Risk and Volatility

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. has a beta of 2.02, meaning that its share price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegion Corp has a beta of 1.67, meaning that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and Aegion Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. $9.49 billion 0.11 $9.27 million ($9.43) -1.06
Aegion Corp $1.31 billion 0.49 $127.37 million $1.36 15.01

Aegion Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aegion Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Aegion Corp beats Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. Company Profile

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides services to customers in energy infrastructure market. The Company provides services, such as conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management and environmental services. Its Engineering and Construction segment provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. Its Fabrication Services segment provides fabrication and erection of steel plate structures; fabrication of piping systems and process modules, and manufacturing and distribution of pipe and fittings. The Technology segment provides process technology licenses and associated engineering services, and catalysts, for petrochemical and refining industries, and offers process planning and project development services.

Aegion Corp Company Profile

Aegion Corporation (Aegion) is engaged in providing infrastructure protection and maintenance. The Company operates through three segments: Infrastructure Solutions, Corrosion Protection and Energy Services. The Company offers service solutions, including rehabilitation of water and wastewater pipelines with Insituform cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) products; fusible polyvinyl chloride products for rehabilitation; fiber reinforced polymer systems for rehabilitation and strengthening; cathodic protection for corrosion engineering control and infrastructure rehabilitation; pipe coatings for corrosion control and prevention; high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe lining for corrosion control, abrasion protection and pipeline rehabilitation, and construction and maintenance of oil and gas facilities. The Company’s Insituform CIPP Process for the rehabilitation of sewers, pipelines and other conduits utilizes a custom-manufactured tube, or liner, made of synthetic fiber.

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