The Shaw Group (SHAW) versus Orion Group (NYSE:ORN) Head-To-Head Contrast

The Shaw Group (NYSE: SHAW) and Orion Group (NYSE:ORN) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The Shaw Group and Orion Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Shaw Group N/A N/A N/A $3.25 N/A
Orion Group $578.24 million 0.37 -$3.62 million ($0.56) -13.55

The Shaw Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Orion Group. Orion Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Shaw Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares The Shaw Group and Orion Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Shaw Group N/A N/A N/A
Orion Group -2.76% -2.96% -1.54%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.6% of Orion Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Orion Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for The Shaw Group and Orion Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Shaw Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Orion Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Orion Group has a consensus target price of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.99%.

The Shaw Group Company Profile

The Shaw Group Inc. (Shaw) is a provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation and facilities management services to a diverse client base that includes multinational and national oil companies and industrial corporations, regulated utilities, independent and merchant power producers, and government agencies. The Company has developed and acquired intellectual property, including induction pipe bending technology and environmental decontamination technologies. Its segments include Power, Plant Services, Environmental & Infrastructure (E&I), Fabrication & Manufacturing (F&M), Energy & Chemicals (E&C) Segment, Investment in Westinghouse, and Corporate segment. Effective August 31, 2012, the Company completed the divestiture of its Energy & Chemicals business to Technip. On January 4, 2013, TOSHIBA CORP acquired a 20% stake in Westinghouse from Shaw Group Inc.

Orion Group Company Profile

Orion Group Holdings, Inc., formerly Orion Marine Group, Inc., is engaged in heavy civil construction project management business. The Company specializes in marine construction. It provides a range of heavy civil marine construction services to federal agencies, state and municipal governments, and private commercial and industrial customers. Its heavy civil marine construction and project management services include new construction, dredging, repair and maintenance, and other related specialty services. It provides heavy civil marine construction services on, over and under the water in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean Basin. It provides heavy civil marine construction services through projects that are obtained primarily through a competitive bid or contract process. It also provides tilt-wall construction services, parking structures, concrete slabs for commercial and institutional applications, curbs, gutters and paving, among other capabilities.

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