CRH (NYSE: CRH) and Smart Sand (NASDAQ:SND) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and valuation.


This table compares CRH and Smart Sand’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smart Sand 18.67% 14.41% 11.85%


CRH pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Smart Sand does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CRH and Smart Sand, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CRH 0 1 3 0 2.75
Smart Sand 0 4 6 0 2.60

CRH presently has a consensus price target of $32.50, suggesting a potential downside of 5.74%. Smart Sand has a consensus price target of $13.28, suggesting a potential upside of 69.36%. Given Smart Sand’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Smart Sand is more favorable than CRH.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.4% of CRH shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.6% of Smart Sand shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.4% of Smart Sand shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CRH and Smart Sand’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CRH $30.00 billion 0.96 $1.38 billion N/A N/A
Smart Sand $59.23 million 5.35 $10.37 million $0.65 12.06

CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Smart Sand.


Smart Sand beats CRH on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CRH 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.

Smart Sand Company Profile

Smart Sand, Inc. is a producer of Northern White raw frac sand, which is a proppant used to enhance hydrocarbon recovery rates in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. The Company sells its products primarily to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies and oilfield service companies under a combination of long-term take-or-pay contracts and spot sales in the open market. It owns and operates a raw frac sand mine and related processing facility near Oakdale, Wisconsin. In addition to the Oakdale facility, it owns a second property in Jackson County, Wisconsin, known as Hixton site. Its sand reserves include a balanced concentration of coarse (20/40, 30/50 and 40/70 gradation) sands and fine (60/140 gradation) sand. Its reserves contain deposits of approximately 20% of 20/40 and coarser substrate, over 40% of 40/70 mesh substrate and approximately 40% of 100-mesh substrate. Its 30/50 gradation is a derivative of the 20/40 and 40/70 blends.

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