Crh Plc (NYSE: CRH) and GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE:GCP) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crh Plc and GCP Applied Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crh Plc $30.95 billion 0.95 $3.54 billion N/A N/A
GCP Applied Technologies $1.34 billion 1.66 $214.90 million $0.53 58.68

Crh Plc has higher revenue and earnings than GCP Applied Technologies.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Crh Plc and GCP Applied Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crh Plc 1 3 3 0 2.29
GCP Applied Technologies 0 0 4 0 3.00

GCP Applied Technologies has a consensus price target of $35.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.15%. Given GCP Applied Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe GCP Applied Technologies is more favorable than Crh Plc.

Dividends

Crh Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. GCP Applied Technologies does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Crh Plc and GCP Applied Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crh Plc N/A N/A N/A
GCP Applied Technologies 2.99% -53.77% 6.87%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.5% of Crh Plc shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.4% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Crh Plc has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GCP Applied Technologies has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

GCP Applied Technologies beats Crh Plc on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crh Plc Company Profile

CRH public limited company (CRH plc) is a building materials company. The Company’s segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products. Europe Lightside segment manufactures and supplies products and solutions for customers in global construction markets. Through its Europe Distribution segment, the Company distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers. Americas Materials segment is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services. Through Americas Distribution segment, the Company is a distributor of roofing, siding, drywall, ceiling systems and related accessories.

GCP Applied Technologies Company Profile

GCP Applied Technologies Inc. produces and sells specialty construction chemicals, specialty building materials, and packaging sealants and coatings. The Company operates through three segments: Specialty Construction Chemicals, Specialty Building Materials and Darex Packaging Technologies. The Specialty Construction Chemicals segment manufactures and markets products to manage performance of Portland cement, and materials based on Portland cement, such as concrete admixtures and cement additives, as well as concrete production management systems. The Specialty Building Materials segment manufactures and markets building envelope products, residential building products and specialty construction products. The Darex Packaging Technologies segment manufactures and markets sealants and coatings for use in beverage and food containers, industrial containers, and other consumer and industrial applications. Its brands include ADVA, CBA, MIRA, ADPRUFE, DARABLEND and APPERTA.

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