Head to Head Review: CRH (CRH) versus Loma Negra (LOMA)

CRH (NYSE: CRH) and Loma Negra (NYSE:LOMA) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CRH and Loma Negra’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CRH $29.70 billion 1.02 $2.14 billion $2.50 14.50
Loma Negra $926.54 million 2.14 $96.08 million $0.85 19.61

CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra. CRH is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Loma Negra, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for CRH and Loma Negra, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CRH 0 0 5 0 3.00
Loma Negra 0 2 2 0 2.50

CRH currently has a consensus price target of $32.50, indicating a potential downside of 10.37%. Loma Negra has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 44.46%. Given Loma Negra’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Loma Negra is more favorable than CRH.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.5% of CRH shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.1% of Loma Negra shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares CRH and Loma Negra’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CRH N/A N/A N/A
Loma Negra N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

CRH pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Loma Negra does not pay a dividend. CRH pays out 48.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CRH has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

CRH beats Loma Negra on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CRH Company Profile

CRH plc, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building materials. It operates through six segments: Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, and Asia. The company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, asphalt, lime, and readymixed concrete and concrete products; and construction accessories, network access and perimeter protection products, shutters and awnings, and architectural products. It also produces and sells concrete masonry and hardscapes, packaged lawn and garden products, packaged cement mixes, and glass and aluminum glazing systems, as well as fencing, utility, drainage, and structural precast products; and provides asphalt paving services. In addition, the company sells and distributes bricks, cement, sanitary, heating, plumbing, and other building products to small and medium-sized builders through 352 locations; general public through 198 retail locations; and plumbers, as well as heating, gas, water, and ventilation technicians through 134 showrooms. It operates primarily in Western Europe and North America, as well as in Eastern Europe, the Philippines, Brazil, China, and India. CRH plc was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Loma Negra Company Profile

Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets cement and its by-products in Argentina and Paraguay. It operates through Cement, Masonry Cement and Lime; Concrete; Railroad; Aggregates; and Others segments. The company offers masonry cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, and lime to wholesale distributors, concrete producers, industrial customers, and others for use in the construction. It also provides railroad cargo transport services; and treats and recycles industrial waste for use as fuel or raw materials. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima is a subsidiary of Loma Negra Holding GmbH.

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