U S Concrete (NASDAQ: USCR) and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina (NYSE:LOMA) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for U S Concrete and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U S Concrete 0 0 3 0 3.00
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina 0 4 0 0 2.00

U S Concrete presently has a consensus target price of $90.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.98%. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina has a consensus target price of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 14.06%. Given Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina is more favorable than U S Concrete.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares U S Concrete and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
U S Concrete $1.17 billion 1.19 $8.86 million $0.71 117.39
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina $668.49 million N/A $33.25 million N/A N/A

Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina has lower revenue, but higher earnings than U S Concrete.

Profitability

This table compares U S Concrete and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U S Concrete 0.99% 22.33% 4.31%
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Summary

U S Concrete beats Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About U S Concrete

U.S. Concrete, Inc. is a producer of ready-mixed concrete in select geographic markets in the United States. The Company conducts its operations through two business segments: ready-mixed concrete and aggregate products. The ready-mixed concrete segment engages principally in the formulation, production and delivery of ready-mixed concrete to its customers’ job sites. The aggregate products segment produces crushed stone, sand and gravel. The Company’ other products include its building materials stores, hauling operations, aggregates distribution terminals, lime slurry, brokered product sales, a recycled aggregates operation, and concrete blocks. The Company also offers the ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete technology. As of April 10, 2017, the Company operated 155 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 16 volumetric ready-mixed concrete plants, 17 producing aggregates facilities, three aggregates distribution terminals, two lime slurry facilities, and one recycled aggregates facility.

About Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina

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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