Comparing Stantec (STN) and ATKINS WS GBP0.005 (WATKF)

Stantec (NYSE: STN) and ATKINS WS GBP0.005 (OTCMKTS:WATKF) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Stantec and ATKINS WS GBP0.005’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stantec 3.67% 10.74% 5.24%
ATKINS WS GBP0.005 N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Stantec pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. ATKINS WS GBP0.005 does not pay a dividend. Stantec pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Stantec has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Stantec and ATKINS WS GBP0.005, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stantec 0 1 1 0 2.50
ATKINS WS GBP0.005 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stantec currently has a consensus price target of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 53.26%. Given Stantec’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Stantec is more favorable than ATKINS WS GBP0.005.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Stantec and ATKINS WS GBP0.005’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stantec $3.96 billion 0.75 $74.82 million $1.36 19.19
ATKINS WS GBP0.005 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Stantec has higher revenue and earnings than ATKINS WS GBP0.005.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.3% of Stantec shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Stantec has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ATKINS WS GBP0.005 has a beta of -0.17, indicating that its stock price is 117% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stantec beats ATKINS WS GBP0.005 on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stantec

Stantec Inc. provides professional consulting services in the area of infrastructure and facilities for clients in the public and private sectors in Canada, the United States, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Consulting Services ? Canada, Consulting Services ? United States, Consulting Services ? Global, and Construction Services. The company offers consulting services in engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental services, project management, and project economics. It also provides construction, construction management, and project delivery at-risk services primarily on water-related projects, as well as professional supervision services to various clients in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company was formerly known as Stanley Technology Group Inc. and changed its name to Stantec Inc. in October 1998. Stantec Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada.

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