Financial Contrast: ENGlobal (ENG) and Ecology and Environment (EEI)

ENGlobal (NASDAQ:ENG) and Ecology and Environment (NASDAQ:EEI) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Ecology and Environment pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. ENGlobal does not pay a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

ENGlobal has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecology and Environment has a beta of -0.42, meaning that its share price is 142% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ENGlobal and Ecology and Environment’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ENGlobal $55.76 million 0.36 -$16.25 million N/A N/A
Ecology and Environment $104.50 million 0.48 $3.01 million N/A N/A

Ecology and Environment has higher revenue and earnings than ENGlobal.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ENGlobal and Ecology and Environment, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ENGlobal 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ecology and Environment 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares ENGlobal and Ecology and Environment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ENGlobal -8.47% -22.48% -16.69%
Ecology and Environment 2.01% 6.33% 4.36%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

13.9% of ENGlobal shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Ecology and Environment shares are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of ENGlobal shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of Ecology and Environment shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ecology and Environment beats ENGlobal on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ENGlobal

ENGlobal Corporation provides engineering and professional services primarily to the energy industry in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM); and Automation. The EPCM segment offers services relating to the development, management, and execution of projects requiring professional engineering and related project management services primarily to the energy industry, which include conceptual studies, project definition, cost estimating, engineering design, environmental compliance, material procurement, project management, and construction management. The Automation segment provides services related to the design, fabrication, and implementation of process distributed control and analyzer systems, advanced automated data gathering systems, information technology, and electrical projects; and designs, assembles, integrates, and services control and instrumentation systems for applications in the energy and processing related industries. It serves petroleum refining, petrochemical, pipeline, production, process, and pulp and paper industries. In addition, this segment offers electrical and instrument installation, technical, maintenance and calibration, and repair services to government agencies, refineries, and petrochemical and process industries. ENGlobal Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Ecology and Environment

Ecology & Environment, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, provides professional services to government and private clients worldwide. It offers support services for response and site assessment activities related to the release and threat of release of oil, petroleum products, hazardous substances, and weapons of mass destruction or pollutants or contaminants; and undertakes task order contracts comprising various environmental assessment projects, engineering and oversight of pollution remediation, and other hazardous waste remediation activities, as well as prepares environmental impact assessment documents for federal land management agencies. The company also provides services to various phases of energy development by conducting critical feature/fatal flaw analyses, social and health impact assessments, feasibility and siting studies, field surveys, permitting, construction inspection, and compliance monitoring. In addition, it conceives and designs environmental restoration projects that restore affected habitat through the integration of biological and engineering solutions; offers sustainability, resiliency, and climate adaptation services, as well as environmental planning and assessment, and military master planning and land use compatibility study services; and provides water supply, water quality, and watershed management services. Further, the company offers logistical support, emergency response/management, and planning services in various preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery phases, as well as conducts hazardous waste site evaluations providing site investigation, engineering design, and operation and maintenance. Additionally, it is involved in the management and financial planning; institutional strengthening and standards development; water supply and development; wastewater treatment; and solid waste project construction supervision assignments. The company was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Lancaster, New York.

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