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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.8% of James Hardie Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

James Hardie Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina does not pay a dividend. James Hardie Industries pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares James Hardie Industries and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
James Hardie Industries 12.93% -110.46% 13.19%
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for James Hardie Industries and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
James Hardie Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina 0 4 0 0 2.00

Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina has a consensus target price of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.35%. Given Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina is more favorable than James Hardie Industries.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares James Hardie Industries and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
James Hardie Industries $1.92 billion 3.74 $276.50 million $1.51 10.78
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina $668.49 million N/A $33.25 million N/A N/A

James Hardie Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina.

Summary

James Hardie Industries beats Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

James Hardie Industries Company Profile

James Hardie Industries Plc is a manufacturer of fiber cement products and systems for internal and external building construction applications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. The Company’s operating segments are North America and Europe Fiber Cement, and Asia Pacific Fiber Cement. The North America and Europe Fiber Cement manufactures fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products and related accessories in the United States. The Asia Pacific Fiber Cement includes fiber cement manufactured in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, and sold in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates) and various Pacific Islands. The Company offers a range of fiber-cement building materials for both internal and external use across a range of applications, including external siding, internal walls, floors, ceilings, trim, fencing and facades.

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.

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