Eagle Materials (NYSE: EXP) and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina (NYSE:LOMA) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Eagle Materials and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Materials 15.93% 17.75% 9.93%
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Eagle Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina does not pay a dividend. Eagle Materials pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.6% of Eagle Materials shares are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of Eagle Materials shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Eagle Materials and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Materials $1.21 billion 4.48 $198.21 million $4.35 25.67
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina $668.49 million N/A $33.25 million N/A N/A

Eagle Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Eagle Materials and Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Materials 0 1 3 0 2.75
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina 0 4 0 0 2.00

Eagle Materials currently has a consensus target price of $122.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.69%. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina has a consensus target price of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 14.17%. Given Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina is more favorable than Eagle Materials.

Summary

Eagle Materials beats Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eagle Materials Company Profile

Eagle Materials Inc. is a supplier of construction products, building materials and materials used for oil and natural gas extraction. The Company operates through five segments: Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Oil and Gas Proppants. The Company’s construction products are used in residential, industrial, commercial and infrastructure construction, and include cement, slag, concrete and aggregates. Its building materials include gypsum wallboard. Its basic material used for oil and natural gas extraction include frac sand and oil well cement. It sells cement in over six regional markets, including northern Nevada and California, the greater Chicago area, the Rocky Mountain region, the Central Plains region and Texas. It sells slag in the greater Chicago, Illinois area and the greater Midwest area. It has approximately three concrete and aggregates businesses. It also operates a recycled paperboard business.

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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