Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. (NYSE: CPAC) and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:CX) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. does not pay a dividend. Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. pays out 126.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.4% of Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.8% of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. 9.18% 5.80% 3.40%
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. 7.66% 8.54% 2.74%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. N/A N/A N/A $0.30 37.67
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. $14.21 billion 9.93 $3.04 billion $0.73 13.22

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A.. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. 0 1 0 0 2.00
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. 0 2 7 1 2.90

Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. currently has a consensus target price of $11.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.65%. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has a consensus target price of $10.48, suggesting a potential upside of 8.47%. Given Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. is more favorable than Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A..

Summary

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. beats Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. Company Profile

Pacasmayo Cement Corp, formerly Cementos Pacasmayo SAA, is a Peru-based company principally engaged in the production, distribution and sale of construction materials. The Company is active in the development of traditional and blended cement, ready-mix concrete, mortars, quicklime, concrete blocks, diatomite bricks and aggregates, among others. It manages mining units and exploration projects located in the provinces of Rioja, Tembladera, Bongara and Bayovar. Additionally, the Company provides various services and construction solutions, such as concrete pumping, metal shuttering systems, pavement service and delivery of construction materials. The Company owns such subsidiaries as Distribuidora Norte Pacasmayo SRL, Salmueras Sudamericanas SA, Fosfatos del Pacifico SA, Cementos Selva SA, Empresa de Transmison Guadalupe SAC and Zemex LLC.

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. Company Profile

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (CEMEX) is an operating and holding company engaged, directly or indirectly, through its operating subsidiaries, primarily in the production, distribution, marketing and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker and other construction materials throughout the world, and that provides construction-related services to customers and communities in over 50 countries throughout the world. The Company operates in various locations, including Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its cement production facilities are located in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Panama, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Company is a supplier of aggregates, primarily the crushed stone, sand and gravel, used in various forms of construction.

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