WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR (OTCMKTS:WYGPY) and Aecom (NYSE:ACM) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR has a beta of 2.24, indicating that its stock price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aecom has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR and Aecom’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR $3.75 billion 0.76 $48.22 million N/A N/A
Aecom $20.16 billion 0.26 $136.46 million $2.68 12.37

Aecom has higher revenue and earnings than WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.8% of Aecom shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Aecom shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR and Aecom, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aecom 1 3 4 0 2.38

Aecom has a consensus target price of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.60%. Given Aecom’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aecom is more favorable than WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR.


WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Aecom does not pay a dividend.


This table compares WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR and Aecom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aecom 0.38% 10.15% 2.94%


Aecom beats WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.


WorleyParsons Limited provides professional services to resources and energy sectors comprising hydrocarbons, minerals, metals, chemicals, and infrastructure. It operates through Advisian, Major Projects and Integrated Solutions, and Services segments. The company provides engineering design and project delivery services, including maintenance, reliability support, and advisory services. WorleyParsons Limited offers engineering and project management services to full lifecycle asset management in offshore environment; consulting and advisory services to oil and gas field development, production assurance, subsea, and topsides; engineering design and data management systems; and supply chain and logistics management services for small and large projects. It also provides construction management services; and module fabrication and field construction for conventional oil and gas facilities, oil sands and heavy oil facilities, pipeline terminals, pipeline pump and compressor stations, petrochemical plants, and thermal power facilities. In addition, the company offers dimensional control, laser scanning, and lean engineering services; and develops data collation, integrity, and remediation platforms, as well as sensor integration and machine learning, and global marketplace procurement platforms. WorleyParsons Limited was founded in 1971 and is based in North Sydney, Australia.

Aecom Company Profile

AECOM, together with its subsidiaries, engages in designing, building, financing, and operating infrastructure assets worldwide. It operates through four segments: Design and Consulting Services (DCS), Construction Services (CS), Management Services (MS), and AECOM Capital (ACAP). The DCS segment offers planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design, program management, and construction management services for industrial, commercial, institutional, and government clients, including the transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, and water markets. The CS segment provides building construction and energy, as well as infrastructure and industrial construction services. The MS segment offers program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services primarily for agencies of the United States government and other national governments. The ACAP segment invests in and develops real estate, public-private partnership, and infrastructure projects. The company was formerly known as AECOM Technology Corporation and changed its name to AECOM in January 2015. AECOM was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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