Bouygues (BOUYF) and Argan (AGX) Head-To-Head Contrast

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Argan (NYSE:AGX) and Bouygues (OTCMKTS:BOUYF) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Argan has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bouygues has a beta of 3.4, suggesting that its stock price is 240% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Argan and Bouygues, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Argan 0 0 1 0 3.00
Bouygues 0 0 0 0 N/A

Argan currently has a consensus target price of $56.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.77%. Given Argan’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Argan is more favorable than Bouygues.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Argan and Bouygues’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Argan $892.82 million 0.81 $72.01 million N/A N/A
Bouygues $37.36 billion 1.68 $1.23 billion N/A N/A

Bouygues has higher revenue and earnings than Argan.

Profitability

This table compares Argan and Bouygues’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Argan 10.86% 16.62% 11.54%
Bouygues 3.21% 12.19% 3.40%

Dividends

Argan pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Bouygues pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Argan has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Argan is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.0% of Argan shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.5% of Argan shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Argan beats Bouygues on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Argan

Argan, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, development, technical, and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. The company's Power Industry Services segment offers engineering, procurement, and construction contracting services to the owners of alternative energy facilities, such as biomass plants, wind farms, and solar fields; and design, construction, project management, start-up, and operation services for 44 projects with approximately 15,000 megawatts of power-generating capacity. This segment serves independent power project owners, public utilities, power plant equipment suppliers, and global energy plant construction firms. Its Industrial Fabrication and Field Services segment provides industrial steel fabrication and field services to light and heavy industrial organizations that comprise forest products, power, large fertilizer, and mining and petrochemical companies in southern region of the United States. The company's Telecommunications Infrastructure Services segment offers outside plant cabling services, including trench-less directional boring and excavation for underground communication and power networks, as well as aerial cabling services; and installs buried cable, high and low voltage electric lines, and private area outdoor lighting systems. It also offers inside premises wiring services consisting of structuring, cabling, terminations, and connectivity that provide the physical transport for high speed data, voice, video, and security networks. This segment serves state and local government agencies, regional communications service providers, electric utilities, other commercial customers, and federal government facilities, including cleared facilities in the mid-Atlantic region. Argan, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.

About Bouygues

Bouygues SA, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the construction, media, and telecom sectors in France and internationally. The company designs, builds, and operates structures and facilities; develops residential, office building, retail, and neighborhood projects; constructs and maintains roads and motorways, airport runways, ports, industrial logistics and commercial hubs, external works and amenities, reserved-lane public transport facilities, recreational facilities, and environmental projects, as well as undertakes civil engineering activities; and produces and recycles construction materials. It also engages in the construction, renewal, and maintenance of rail networks; production and sale of waterproofing and claddings for buildings; the manufacture, installation, and maintenance of road safety equipment, road markings, and traffic signs, as well as traffic management and access control equipment; and the installation and maintenance of pipes and pipelines for conveying fluids and dry networks. In addition, the company produces TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1, and LCI complementary freeview TV channels; operates TV Breizh, Histoire, Ushuaïa, and Serieclub theme channels; produces, broadcasts, and distributes content; sells advertising space for Les Indés radios and Websites; provides MYTF1 digital TV services; and operates la seine musicale concert hall, as well as works in the field of entertainment, including home shopping, board games, music production and live shows, etc. Further, it offers mobile and fixed Internet services; and Tout-en-un ideo, a fixed and mobile telephony, Internet, and television services, as well as provides Bbox Miami, a TV box. Bouygues SA was founded in 1952 and is based in Paris, France.

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