North American Construction Group (OTCMKTS: SUBCY) and Subsea 7 (OTCMKTS:SUBCY) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares North American Construction Group and Subsea 7’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
North American Construction Group $225.58 million 0.87 $4.06 million $0.14 51.43
Subsea 7 $3.99 billion 1.07 $454.80 million $1.27 10.30

Subsea 7 has higher revenue and earnings than North American Construction Group. Subsea 7 is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than North American Construction Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

North American Construction Group has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Subsea 7 has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for North American Construction Group and Subsea 7, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
North American Construction Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Subsea 7 2 0 1 0 1.67

North American Construction Group presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.00%. Given North American Construction Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe North American Construction Group is more favorable than Subsea 7.

Profitability

This table compares North American Construction Group and Subsea 7’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
North American Construction Group 3.90% 9.14% 3.50%
Subsea 7 5.95% 4.25% 3.18%

Dividends

North American Construction Group pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Subsea 7 does not pay a dividend. North American Construction Group pays out 42.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. North American Construction Group has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

32.7% of North American Construction Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Subsea 7 shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Subsea 7 shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

North American Construction Group Company Profile

North American Construction Group Ltd. provides heavy construction and mining services in Canada. The company offers design build construction; project management; pre-stripping/pit pioneering; overburden removal and stockpile; muskeg removal and stockpile; site dewatering/perimeter ditching; tailings and process pipeline; haulage and access road construction; tailings dam construction and densification; mechanically stabilized earth wall; and dyke construction services. It also provides drill, blast, excavation, and haulage contract mining services; drill, blast, excavate, fill, grade, and piling site preparation services; gravel and asphalt air strip construction services; and material replacement, compaction, terrain contouring, and hydro-seeding reclamation services. The company was formerly known as North American Energy Partners Inc. and changed its name to North American Construction Group Ltd. in April 2018. North American Construction Group Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Acheson, Canada.

Subsea 7 Company Profile

Subsea 7 S.A. operates as a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction, and services contractor to the offshore energy industry worldwide. It provides subsea field development products and services, including project management, design and engineering, procurement, fabrication, survey, installation, and commissioning of production facilities on the seabed and the tie-back of its facilities to fixed or floating platforms or to the shore. The company also offers engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines; life of field services, such as inspection, repair, maintenance, integrity management, and remote intervention of subsea infrastructure; conventional services comprising fabrication, installation, extension, and refurbishment of fixed and floating platforms and associated pipelines; hook-up services; and refurbishment of fixed and floating platforms in shallow water. In addition, it operates heavy lifting vessels and oil and gas structures; and installs offshore wind farm foundations, as well as engages in the decommissioning of redundant offshore structures. Further, the company provides remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and tooling services to support exploration and production activities. It has a fleet of 35 vessels; 2 vessels under construction; and 166 ROVs. Subsea 7 S.A. was incorporated in 1993 and is based in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

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