Primoris Services (NASDAQ: PRIM) is a specialty contractor and infrastructure company that provides services in the construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, and water industries. Its primary customers include energy companies and government agencies. Although negatively impacted by the economic recession, Primoris has plans to capitalize on the growth of the renewable energy sector by increasing its focus on renewable energy infrastructure contracts.

Business Growth

The company's revenue growth is primarily driven by the nature and size of contracts it obtains. From 2009 to 2010, revenue growth has been fueled by large contracts such as the $128 million contract with Rockford (ROFO) related to the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon.

Trends and Forces

Economic Recession Decreased Demand for PRIM's Services

As a result of the the economic recession, Primoris suffered a reduction in contract volume in all regions; hardest hit were California and Florida. The company quickly rebounded by acquiring James Construction and Rockford (ROFO) and diversifying its business geographically. Primoris also terminated operations in low-profit regions like Ecuador.

Growth of Renewable Energy Sector Impacts PRIM's Future Direction

Looking forward, Primoris plans to pay more attention to opportunities in the renewable energy sector while keeping its focus on its current strength: infrastructure. As the need for electric power grows, renewable energy industries such as solar power and alternative energy are expected to grow and require specialty contracts in construction and maintenance.


Primoris competes with companies that provide construction, engineering, and maintenance services; most similar are those competing for state and federal government contracts.

  • Mastech Holdings Inc (MHH) Mastech is an infrastructure construction company that focuses on the building and maintenance of energy, communication and utility infrastructure. Typical projects involve electrical utilities, wind farms, solar farms, and natural gas infrastructure.[1]
  • URS (URS) URS is a company that provides engineering and construction services for public agencies and private sector clients. Its three business segments are Infrastructure and Environment, Federal Services, and Energy and Construction. Going forward, Primoris may compete more with URS as Primoris shifts its focus towards renewable energy.[2]


  1. Hoover's MHH
  2. Hoover's URS

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