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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for GCP Applied Technologies and CRH PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

GCP Applied Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $35.50, suggesting a potential upside of 16.01%. Given GCP Applied Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe GCP Applied Technologies is more favorable than CRH PLC.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.3% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.5% of CRH PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares GCP Applied Technologies and CRH PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GCP Applied Technologies 0.26% -44.54% 5.45%
CRH PLC N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

GCP Applied Technologies has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CRH PLC has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GCP Applied Technologies and CRH PLC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GCP Applied Technologies $1.34 billion 1.64 $214.90 million $0.04 765.00
CRH PLC $31.52 billion 0.93 $3.61 billion N/A N/A

CRH PLC has higher revenue and earnings than GCP Applied Technologies.

Summary

GCP Applied Technologies beats CRH PLC on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 two segments: Specialty Construction Chemicals and Specialty Building Materials. 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. Its brands include ADVA, CBA, MIRA, ADPRUFE, DARABLEND and APPERTA.

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.

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