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

Analyst Recommendations

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

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

Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina presently has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.17%. Given Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina is more favorable than James Hardie Industries.

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 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.8% of James Hardie Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and James Hardie Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina $668.49 million N/A $33.25 million N/A N/A
James Hardie Industries $1.92 billion 3.73 $276.50 million $0.58 28.02

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.

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.

About James Hardie Industries

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.

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