Reviewing Construction Partners (ROAD) and Orion Group (ORN)

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Construction Partners (NASDAQ: ROAD) and Orion Group (NYSE:ORN) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Construction Partners N/A N/A N/A
Orion Group 1.09% -1.01% -0.54%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.7% of Orion Group shares are held by institutional investors. 7.6% of Orion Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Construction Partners and Orion Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Construction Partners 0 0 3 1 3.25
Orion Group 0 0 4 0 3.00

Construction Partners currently has a consensus price target of $14.88, indicating a potential upside of 7.25%. Orion Group has a consensus price target of $9.75, indicating a potential upside of 21.88%. Given Orion Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Orion Group is more favorable than Construction Partners.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Construction Partners and Orion Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Construction Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Orion Group $578.55 million 0.39 $400,000.00 ($0.14) -57.14

Orion Group has higher revenue and earnings than Construction Partners.

Summary

Orion Group beats Construction Partners on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Construction Partners

Construction Partners, Inc. engages in construction of roadways and highways. It acquires road construction companies with services in asphalt production, paving and other construction services for both the public and private sectors. The company was founded by Ned N. Fleming & Charles E. Owens in 2001 and is headquartered in Dothan, AL.

About Orion Group

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty construction company in the building, industrial, and infrastructure sectors in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean Basin. It operates in two segments, Marine and Concrete. The company's marine construction services include construction, restoration, dredging, maintenance, and repair of marine transportation facilities and pipelines, bridges and causeways, and marine environmental structures. Its marine transportation facility projects comprise public port facilities for container ship loading and unloading; cruise ship port facilities; private terminals; special-use navy terminals; recreational use marinas and docks; and other marine-based facilities. The company's marine pipeline service projects consist of the installation and removal of underwater buried pipeline transmission lines; installation of pipeline intakes and outfalls for industrial facilities; construction of pipeline outfalls for wastewater and industrial discharges; river crossing and directional drilling; creation of hot taps and tie-ins; and inspection, maintenance, and repair services. Its bridge and causeway projects include the construction, repair, and maintenance of overwater bridges and causeways, as well as the development of fendering systems in marine environments; and marine environmental structures used for erosion control, wetlands creation, and environmental remediation. The company also offers specialty services, such as design, salvage, demolition, surveying, towing, diving and underwater inspection, excavation, and repair services. In addition, it provides light commercial, structural, and other concrete construction services. The company was formerly known as Orion Marine Group, Inc. and changed its name to Orion Group Holdings, Inc. in May 2016. Orion Group Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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