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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and U S Concrete, 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
U S Concrete 0 0 3 0 3.00

Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina currently has a consensus target price of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.17%. U S Concrete has a consensus target price of $90.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.29%. Given Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina is more favorable than U S Concrete.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and U S Concrete’s gross 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
U S Concrete $1.17 billion 1.16 $8.86 million $0.71 114.93

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

Profitability

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina and U S Concrete’s 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
U S Concrete 0.99% 22.33% 4.31%

Summary

U S Concrete beats Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina on 6 of the 8 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 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.

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