Eagle Materials (NYSE: EXP) and Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina (NYSE:LOMA) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.
Eagle Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina does not pay a dividend. Eagle Materials pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Eagle Materials and Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Eagle Materials and Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Eagle Materials||$1.21 billion||4.52||$198.21 million||$4.36||25.81|
|Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina||$668.49 million||3.97||$33.25 million||N/A||N/A|
Eagle Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
91.6% of Eagle Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of Eagle Materials shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Eagle Materials and Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina||0||4||0||0||2.00|
Eagle Materials presently has a consensus price target of $122.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.86%. Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.16%. Given Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina is more favorable than Eagle Materials.
Eagle Materials beats Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Eagle Materials Company Profile
Eagle Materials Inc. is a supplier of construction products, building materials and materials used for oil and natural gas extraction. The Company operates through five segments: Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Oil and Gas Proppants. The Company’s construction products are used in residential, industrial, commercial and infrastructure construction, and include cement, slag, concrete and aggregates. Its building materials include gypsum wallboard. Its basic material used for oil and natural gas extraction include frac sand and oil well cement. It sells cement in over six regional markets, including northern Nevada and California, the greater Chicago area, the Rocky Mountain region, the Central Plains region and Texas. It sells slag in the greater Chicago, Illinois area and the greater Midwest area. It has approximately three concrete and aggregates businesses. It also operates a recycled paperboard business.
Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina Company Profile
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina SA is an Argentina-based company engaged in the cement and concrete segment. The Company focuses on the manufacture and commercialization of cement and related products, such as lime, masonry cement, as well as concrete and aggregates. The Company offers Portland cement, lime and masonry cement packed in bags. Its products are mainly distributed to professionals in the construction and engineering sector. The Company is controlled by Intercement Brasil SA.
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