Head to Head Analysis: Mistras Group (MG) and AECOM (ACM)

Mistras Group (NYSE: MG) and AECOM (NYSE:ACM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

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This table compares Mistras Group and AECOM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mistras Group -0.31% 4.97% 2.70%
AECOM 2.15% 11.74% 3.36%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mistras Group and AECOM’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mistras Group $700.97 million 0.81 -$2.17 million $0.43 46.67
AECOM $18.20 billion 0.32 $339.39 million $2.94 12.50

AECOM has higher revenue and earnings than Mistras Group. AECOM is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mistras Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Mistras Group has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AECOM has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.6% of Mistras Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.1% of AECOM shares are held by institutional investors. 43.5% of Mistras Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of AECOM shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Mistras Group and AECOM, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mistras Group 1 5 0 0 1.83
AECOM 1 4 5 0 2.40

Mistras Group presently has a consensus price target of $31.20, suggesting a potential upside of 55.46%. AECOM has a consensus price target of $36.40, suggesting a potential downside of 0.95%. Given Mistras Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than AECOM.

Summary

AECOM beats Mistras Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mistras Group Company Profile

Mistras Group, Inc. provides technology-enabled asset protection solutions worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Services, International, and Products and Systems. It offers traditional non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services; and designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and services acoustic emission (AE) sensors, instruments, and turn-key systems used for monitoring and testing materials, pressure components, processes, and structures. The company also offers leak monitoring and detection systems to detect and locate gaseous and liquid leaks in valves, vessels, pipelines, boilers, and tanks; ultrasonic equipment; and digital radiographic systems to solve specific industrial problems. In addition, it provides technology solutions, such as Acoustic Combustion Turbine Monitoring System, an online system to detect stator blade cracks in gas turbines; TANKPAC for tank inspections; POWERPAC for monitoring discharges in critical power grid transformers; and AMS boiler tube leak detection and location monitoring systems. Further, the company offers Plant Condition Monitoring Software and Systems, an enterprise software that allows its customers to collect, store, and analyze data; Advanced Data Analysis Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks Software, which enables AE experts to develop automated remote monitoring systems; and Loose Parts Monitoring Software program to monitor, detect, and evaluate metallic loose parts in nuclear reactor coolant systems. Additionally, it provides professional engineering and consulting, and online monitoring services. The company serves oil and gas, aerospace and defense, power generation, public infrastructure, chemicals, transportation, primary metals and metalworking, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and food processing industries, as well as research and engineering institutions. Mistras Group, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

AECOM Company Profile

AECOM, together with its subsidiaries, engages in designing, building, financing, and operating infrastructure assets worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Design and Consulting Services (DCS), Construction Services (CS), Management Services (MS), and AECOM Capital (ACAP). The DCS segment provides planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design, program management, and construction management services for industrial, commercial, institutional, and government clients, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, and energy/power markets. The CS segment offers building construction and energy, as well as infrastructure and industrial construction services. The MS segment provides program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services primarily for agencies of the U.S. government and other national governments. The ACAP segment invests in and develops real estate, public-private partnership (P3), and infrastructure projects. The company was formerly known as AECOM Technology Corporation and changed its name to AECOM in January 2015. AECOM was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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