Head-To-Head Contrast: IES (IESC) and Its Peers

IES (NASDAQ: IESC) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare IES to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

IES has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IES’s peers have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.4% of IES shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.6% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 60.0% of IES shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for IES and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IES 0 0 0 0 N/A
IES Competitors 195 1007 1611 20 2.51

As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 32.21%. Given IES’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IES has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares IES and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IES -2.46% 5.86% 3.26%
IES Competitors 1.31% -30.61% 2.50%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IES and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
IES $810.70 million $13.42 million -17.50
IES Competitors $4.59 billion $24.32 million 743.78

IES’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than IES. IES is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


IES peers beat IES on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About IES

IES Holdings, Inc., formerly Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., is a holding company that owns and manages diverse operating subsidiaries across a range of infrastructure-related end markets. The Company operates through four segments: Communications, Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Infrastructure Solutions. The Communications segment provides network infrastructure services for data centers and other mission critical environments. The Residential segment provides electrical installation services for single-family housing and multi-family apartment complexes and cable television installations for residential and light commercial applications. The Commercial & Industrial segment provides electrical and mechanical design, construction, and maintenance services to the commercial and industrial markets. The Company’s Infrastructure Solutions segment provides electro-mechanical solutions for industrial operations to domestic and international customers.

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