GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE: GCP) and Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE:CX) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Volatility & Risk

GCP Applied Technologies has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cemex SAB de CV has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares GCP Applied Technologies and Cemex SAB de CV’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GCP Applied Technologies $1.36 billion 1.70 $72.80 million $8.95 3.60
Cemex SAB de CV $13.40 billion 0.81 $752.16 million $0.58 12.88

Cemex SAB de CV has higher revenue and earnings than GCP Applied Technologies. GCP Applied Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cemex SAB de CV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares GCP Applied Technologies and Cemex SAB de CV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GCP Applied Technologies 56.84% 124.93% 3.91%
Cemex SAB de CV 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.0% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.4% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for GCP Applied Technologies and Cemex SAB de CV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GCP Applied Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 4 1 2.75

GCP Applied Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $34.20, indicating a potential upside of 6.05%. Cemex SAB de CV has a consensus target price of $10.46, indicating a potential upside of 40.06%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than GCP Applied Technologies.

Summary

GCP Applied Technologies beats Cemex SAB de CV on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GCP Applied Technologies

GCP Applied Technologies Inc. produces and sells specialty construction chemicals, specialty building materials, and packaging sealants and coatings. The Company operates through two segments: Specialty Construction Chemicals and Specialty Building Materials. The Specialty Construction Chemicals segment manufactures and markets products to manage performance of Portland cement, and materials based on Portland cement, such as concrete admixtures and cement additives, as well as concrete production management systems. The Specialty Building Materials segment manufactures and markets building envelope products, residential building products and specialty construction products. Its brands include ADVA, CBA, MIRA, ADPRUFE, DARABLEND and APPERTA.

About Cemex SAB de CV

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (CEMEX) is an operating and holding company engaged, directly or indirectly, through its operating subsidiaries, primarily in the production, distribution, marketing and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker and other construction materials throughout the world, and that provides construction-related services to customers and communities in over 50 countries throughout the world. The Company operates in various locations, including Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its cement production facilities are located in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Panama, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Company is a supplier of aggregates, primarily the crushed stone, sand and gravel, used in various forms of construction.

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