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

Dividends

Eagle Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina does not pay a dividend. Eagle Materials pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and Eagle Materials’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina $668.49 million N/A $33.25 million N/A N/A
Eagle Materials $1.21 billion 4.47 $198.21 million $4.36 25.53

Eagle Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina.

Profitability

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and Eagle Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Materials 15.93% 17.75% 9.93%

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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and Eagle Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina 0 4 0 0 2.00
Eagle Materials 0 1 2 0 2.67

Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina presently has a consensus target price of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.36%. Eagle Materials has a consensus target price of $110.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.19%. Given Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina is more favorable than Eagle Materials.

Summary

Eagle Materials beats Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Loma Negra Compania Industrial 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.

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.

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